White Fringe Tree

Chionanthus virginicus

native


Other Names:
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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A Fringe Tree in bloom, full of fresh flowers

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Fringe Tree leaves and flowers

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A branch of Fringe Tree leaves and flowers

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A branch of Fringe Tree leaves and flowers

Fringe Tree flowers
Fringe Tree flowers

Fringe Tree flowers
Fringe Tree flowers

Fringe Tree leaves
Fringe Tree leaves

Fringe Tree leaves
Fringe Tree leaves with some new flowers evident

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Fringe Tree flowers just starting to grow in

Fringe Tree leaves
A Fringe Tree in bloom, which can be difficult to notice in the trees of Monticello Park

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Fringe Tree flowers against the backdrop of taller trees

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