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Facts About the Fringe Tree

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Facts About the Fringe Tree

Facts About the Fringe Tree. According to NC State university, the fringe tree, scientific name Chionanthus virginicus, is a deciduous tree native to North America that is commonly known as old man’s beard.

According to NC State university, the fringe tree, scientific name Chionanthus virginicus, is a deciduous tree native to North America that is commonly known as old manís beard.
Size
NC State University reports the fringe tree can grow to between 12 and 20 feet in both height and width with little maintenance required to keep branches under control.
Growth
The fringe tree is a slow-growing tree usually growing, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, at a rate of about 6 to 10 inches per year. In fertile, rich, moist soil, the fringe tree can grow about 12 inches per year.
Foliage
The foliage of the fringe tree starts yellowish-green in the spring before turning dark green in the summer. NC State University reports the 3- to 8-inch leaves of the tree turn brown in the fall.
Flowers/Fruits
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports the fringe tree flowers in late spring with small white flowers. The fruits of the fringe tree are a purple-blue that attract birds to the tree.
Damage
The bark of the fringe tree is brittle and easily damaged, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Fungi can be a problem, causing leaf spots and powdery mildew. When planted in full sun, the fringe tree can be infested by mites.

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