Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fringetrees Thrive as Native Woody Landscape Plants

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fringetrees Thrive as Native Woody Landscape Plants

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Q * I am looking for information on the plant known as the fringetree. How to grow it, what I need to do and what month these tasks should be performed?

A * The fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus) is one of our finest native woody landscape plants. It grows as a small (12- to 30-foot) understory tree or large shrub with a spreading, open habit that is frequently wider than tall. It mostly occurs in the wild along stream banks and near swamp margins. Under cultivation it is very adaptable to a wide range of conditions but prefers deep, moist, fertile soils with good drainage and an acid reaction (pH 4.6 to 6.5 is ideal). In alkaline soils it tends to become chlorotic with pale yellow, unthrifty foliage. It is also sensitive to drought, heat and soil compaction. …

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