Saturday, April 4, 2009

Fringe Trees

Shown are Fringe Trees (Chionanthus virginicus). These trees can be grown in a wide range of climates from southern Canada to central Florida. But, it is best to get them locally instead of mail order to make sure one gets a specimen better adapted to their climate. Fringe Trees bloom in late March into early April in Dunnellon, Florida. In Lexington, KY they don't bloom until after the Kentucky Derby.

The blooms are fragrant. Only female trees set seed, but they are more susceptible to hurricane damage since they are loaded with grape-like seed clusters at the peak of hurricane season. In late fall, the leaves turn yellow or gold for a short time, then quickly fall off.

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