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Fringe-Tree
Chionanthus virginicus

Native to the eastern United States, this species can grow as tall as 11 m in height. The trunk is covered with scaly reddish-brown bark. Beautiful pure-white, scented flowers emerge in drooping clusters in late May, when the leaves are still immature. The bark of this species has been used in folk medicine to treat wounds and skin lesions.

Habitat:Upland woods and stream banks in moist soil.
Growth Habit:Deciduous large shrub or small tree, grows slowly to 35u2019, with opposite branches, abbreviated trunk or multi-stemmed, narrow crown.
Bloom Time:Mid to late spring.
Longevity:Short-lived.
Presence in US:AL AR DC DE FL GA KY LA MA MD MO MS NC NJ NY OH OK PA SC TN TX VA WV
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This project was supported in part by NSF Grant IIS-03-25867 (ITR: An Electronic Field Guide: Plant Exploration and Discovery in the 21st Century) and by the Washington Biologists' Field Club.
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