White Fringe Tree

White Fringe Tree

3 reviews
  • Showy

  • fragrant flowers

  • Attracts birds and other pollinators

  • Native to the United States

Regular price $99.99

  • In stock, ready to ship
  • Inventory on the way
  • Ships in 2-3 business days
  • Buy direct from the grower
  • Family owned farm since 1980
  • You're good to grow this in Zone X


Chionanthus virginicus, more commonly known as the native White Fringe Tree, is a North American native tree with showy white flowers in the spring.

The American White Fringe tree puts out spring flowers that are creamy white in color and slightly fragrant. Often seen blooming in late spring and signaling the start of early summer, the fragrant flowers attract pollinators and contrast the dark green foliage perfectly. Being a deciduous tree, you will see gorgeous yellow fall color when the temperatures start to drop and right before the spear shaped leaves drop for winter to go into dormancy.

Female trees will produce dark blue berries in the winter that are an excellent food source for birds and wildlife.

Grow in clusters to accentuate the unique flowers or as single specimens in woodland gardens or native gardens. The White Fringe tree Chionanthus virginicus is highly tolerant of air pollutants and is perfect for urban areas like city parks, sidewalks, or parking lots. The white flowers will make a statement in your front yard that makes neighbors say WOW!


Grow the native fringe tree across the United States in USDA growing zones 3-9. It prefers well drained soil that is rich in nutrients and kept moist although it is adaptable to many soil types. Full sun to partial shade is best for this flowering tree to shoot out spring blooms. Chionanthus virginicus is also salt tolerant and a good choice for coastal plantings.

The mature size can reach 12 to 20 feet tall and wide making it perfect for small gardens. This ornamental tree requires very little pruning only to maintain the desired size and shape of your liking. Prune dead or crossed branches to encourage new growth. Fringe tree spacing should be at least 5-10 feet apart when planting in groups.

Be sure to water your newly planted tree thoroughly for the first year of planting to establish a strong root system. They are versatile in the landscape but do not tolerate dry spells. Adding a treegator watering system may be helpful if you are not good with watering schedules.

The White Fringe Tree’s fall color and beautiful flowers are just two of the many reasons why we love it!

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Shipping information

Once your White Fringe Tree order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

Growing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order and the destination it is being shipped. Please see the chart on the Shipping Info page to get an exact amount. We frequently have a free shipping promotion to help you save!


Choose a planting location that offers adequate sunlight and shade in a low traffic area. Allow proper clearance for the mature growth size. Well-drained soil is ideal. Water regularly for the first planted year to ensure adequate water is available for establishing a strong root system. Prune as necessary to remove any damaged or dead foliage and to promote a well-balanced structure.

Planting Instructions:

Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright.  Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your plant our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

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Botanical Name
Chionanthus virginicus

Full Sun / Partial Shade

Flower Color

Foliage Color

Mature Width
10-20 ft

Mature Height
10-12 ft

Growing Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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Robin W.
United States United States

So happy with these

I bought two, will probably order a third. Due to the last hurricane, people cut down extra trees, our yards are bare. I chose this tree because it doesn't get very tall and should have pretty fringe flowers. They arrived in a timely manner, well packaged. I was pleased with the size. One has green leaves. The other will just not yet. Thank you for your help. Thank you for healthy plants.

Laura L.

Plant showed up in awesome condition. Thanks so much!!!


Perfect Plants

Hey Laura, You're very welcome! And a big thanks to you, for the awesome review and the purchase of our White Fringe Tree. PS. I think the birds will be thanking you as well

John P.

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