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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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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