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Chinese fringe tree

Chionanthus retusus

Showy and fragrant small white flowers. If two or more trees planted together, female trees may produce small bluish fruit, which is attractive to birds. Exfoliating bark attractive in winter.

SMUD Availability:
Yes
Size:
Small
Height:
15-25 ft
Width:
15-20 ft
Water Needs:
Moderate to Low
Evergreen or Deciduous:
Deciduous
Shape:
round
Fall color:
Yellow
Flowers:
Yes
Growth Rate:
Moderate
Sunset Zones:
7, 8, 9, 14
Diseases and pests:
Normally disease and pest free but can get mites and leaf spot.
Useful as a street tree? Minimum planting strip width?:
Yes, 5 1/2' planting strip

Minimum Planting Distances

  • from a building foundation: 6 feet
  • from walks and driveways: 6 feet
  • from a utility overhead (such as an overhead power line): 3 feet
  • between trees: 12 feet

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