White Fringe Tree
Old-man's-beard, Grancy Gray Beard
The White Fringe Tree is a native tree found in much of Virginia. You can see one next to the stream shortly past the midway point of the west path at Monticello Park. The common name refers to the drooping fringe-like white flowers; another common name is Old Man's Beard. Many species of birds forage in fringe trees. The fruit is dark blue and has a stone in it. In recent years, some of the trees have been attacked by the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive green beetle who is doing enormous damage to some native tree species.
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