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Grancy Graybeard - White Fringe Tree
The Grancy Greybeard, also known as the "White Fringe Tree," is an eye-catching North American native and a wonderful, hardy and long-lived addition to any landscape. Get all the details below!

Grancy Graybeard - White Fringe Tree

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Grancy Graybeard - Fringe Tree
Chionanthus virginicus 

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 3b-9a   Find Your Zone



Special Attributes

The Grancy Greybeard, also known as the "White Fringe Tree," is an eye-catching North American native and a wonderful, hardy and long-lived addition to any landscape. When in flower, this is one of the most beautiful trees you'll ever set your eyes upon. In late spring, it's showy fringe-like blooms cascade downward like the white beard of a wise old man, inspiring the name Grancy Greybeard. The flowers also add a lovely, potent, sweet perfume fragrance to the air about when the dogwoods are beginning to fade. It is attractive to a variety of beneficial insects while in bloom, and to birds and small mammals when fruiting. It is a slow to moderate grower reaching maybe 20 feet in height with an equal width over the years.




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing 12 to 15 feet tall and wide, the Grancy Greybeard tree is ideal for use as a specimen in landscape borders or to frame the corners or against open walls in home foundation plantings. In larger landscape spaces it can be planted in groupings. It is a fine addition to wildlife gardens, North American native plant garden, cottage gardens and Xeriscape gardens (low water needs).

Suggested Spacing:  20 feet for space between trees
 



Cultural Preferences

Grancy Greybeard is adaptable to a variety of light and soil conditions, from full sun to filtered shade, doing very well under large trees. It prefers a moist, well-drained soil, however will tolerate somewhat dry soils and drought when established. A must-have native in every garden where it will grow!


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Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 3b-9a  Find Your Zone
Shrub Type:  Deciduous Flowering Shrub 
Height at Maturity:  12-15'
Width at Maturity:  10-15'
Spacing:  20 feet for space between trees
Growth Habit / Form:  Broad, Upright
Growth Rate:  Slow to Moderate
Flower Color:  White
Flower Size:  1.5-2" in clusters
Flowering Period:  Spring
Flower Type:  Single
Fragrant Flowers:  Yes
Foliage Color:  Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  Yes, Large fruit on female plants only 
Berry Color:  Puplish-Blue
Sun Needs:  Full to Mostly Sun, Morning Sun With Afternoon Shade, Morning Shade with Afternoon Sun, Filtered Sun
Water Needs:  Average, Low when established
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sandy(amended), Silty
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist to Dry when established
Soil pH:  4.5 - 6.0 (Acid to Slightly Acid)
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention, Butterflies, Birds
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Heat, Insect



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