Chionanthus virginicus Dirr

Dirr Native Fringetree (Grancy Gray Beard)

This selection by Dr. Michael Dirr is a vigorous tree form and a fast grower in nursery production.  It has striking panicles of fragrant, white flowers in May just before it leafs out. With 6-10" long panicles covering the entire plant, this is one of our prettiest flowering native trees.

The leaves on this selection are especially dark green and lustrous, emerging as the flowers fade. This male selection does not produce fruit; a benefit in high-traffic areas.

Can be used as a specimen plant or in small groups along a woodland border. It provides good understory cover and nesting sites for birds.

Fall foliage is clear yellow.

  • Slow-growing deciduous, native tree
  • Fringe-like, white flowers
  • Male selection

  • Category: Tree, Native
  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Height: 10-15 ft
  • Spread: 10-15 ft
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Landscape Characteristics
Branch Structure
Flowers
Fragrance
Classification by Use
Color Impact
Native
Specialty Use
Wildlife Garden
Woodland Garden
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Songbirds
Habit
Spreading
Upright
Light Requirement
Sun
Part Sun
Part Shade
Foliage
Deciduous
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Spring
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Fall
Growth Rate
Slow
Soil Moisture
Average Water
Well-Drained
Foliage Color
Green
Yellow
Growing & Maintenance Tips for Chionanthus virginicus Dirr

Fringetree is happy in full sun or light shade. It prefers deep moist, fertile soil but is extremely adaptable. Very low maintenance; rarely needs pruned.