In full bloom, this magnificent tree will stop any passerby in their tracks! The Chinese Fringe Tree, Chionanthus retusus, is very similar in form and beauty to our native fringe tree, what many folks call Grancy Graybeard, Chionanthus virginicus,...but there are a few subtle differences. As with our native U.S. species, the Chinese Fringe Tree is most noted for the profusion of fragrant, fringe-like white flowers in produces about 2 weeks earlier in spring. But the fine attributes don't stop there. Get all the details below.