Chinese Fringetree, Fringe Tree
An ornamental species from China. Unlike the native fringetree, C. virginicus, which prefers acid soils, the Chinese fringetree is more adaptable to the alkaline soils of the Brazos Valley.
Large, multi-stemmed shrub or small to medium sized tree, Drooping growth habit; may require pruning and/or limbing up as it matures.
Outstanding ornamental tree. Plant in a location where fragrance and blooms can be appreciated.
Average mature size
15-20’ tall x 10-15’ wide
Slow, but accelerates with regular water and fertilizer
Prefers acid to neutral pH soils, but adapts to alkaline soils
Prefers well-drained soils, but tolerates seasonally soggy soil. Tolerates moderate drought, but will require additional water if drought persists.
Deciduous, glossy, dark green leaves, unremarkable fall color
Monoecious, both male and female trees flower. Male trees typically have larger, showier blossoms. 5”-10” panicles of long petaled, white flowers, Fragrant, Blooming period Spring, typically for two to three weeks
Female trees produce fruit attractive to birds
Pests and disease
Messy leaf and twig drop may become a maintenance issue
“It is hard to think of a more beautiful, small 20 foot-tall tree than the Chinese fringetree when it is in full bloom.” – Edward Gilman, U.S. Forest Service Fact Sheet ST160