The Chinese fringetree is an exotic, beautiful flowering tree that is excellent as an ornamental for its lovely flowers and ability to fill a space with its wide spread.
This tree is eligible for a $50 Tree Rebate.
Leaves are broad, simple ovate to oblong-elliptic, hairy
Pure white, fragrant flowers hang in 4 in long clusters that appear to cover the tree with snowy white cotton for two to three weeks
The fruit is a blue-black drupe 1–1.5 centimeters long and 0.6–1 centimeters in diameter
Stout, brown-colored with leaves extending oppositely
Thick fissured bark
Symmetrical rounded crown with moderate density
Typically grows 15 to 20 feet high and 20 to 25 feet wide
Native to eastern Asia, in eastern and central China, Korea, and Japan
Small deciduous tree
Leaves turn a yellow-brown in the fall
Rich, moist, well drained soil of slight acidity
Does well in full sun to partial shade
Pests and Diseases
Generally free from pests and disease.
In China, the young leaves of this tree are used as a substitute for tea and some are considered equal in fragrance to some of the best green teas.