Chionanthus virginicus (Oleaceae)
Blooms in early spring, with fragrant white flowers in airy pendulous clusters. Looks like a cloud from afar -- breathtaking! Its bloom has inspired other common names like 'Old Man's Beard' and 'Grancy Greybeard.' Grows into a small specimen tree of 10-25'. Oblong 4-8" leaves emerge after flowering, and are large enough to stand out in the summer landscape. Fringetree prefers slightly acidic fertile soil and average moisture. Naturally found along woodland edges, but will grow fuller with more sunlight.
Bloom color: white
Bloom period: mid-spring
Container size: Gal.