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Chionanthus

Fringe Tree

<i>Chionanthus retusus</i>

Named for its clustered, snow-white fleecy flowers, the broadly spreading Chinese Fringe Tree casts light shade with rounded leathery leaves. This deciduous Olive family member is a captivating, four season specimen displaying blue, egg-shaped summer fruit, warm yellow autumn foliage and peeling gray-brown bark in winter. Well sized for a lawn or small yard, it’s easily cultivated in moist, loamy soil. Grows slowly. Large Band.

Blooms June.

Size: 20' 0" high x 15' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Chionanthus virginicus</i>

With ample, strap-shaped white blossoms held in fragrant, long fleecy panicles followed by egg-shaped blue fruit, the American Fringe Tree is one of the most beautiful of all North American trees. Found throughout the southeastern United States, this easily maintained variable native brings elegant allure to any garden setting, especially near water, where its openly branching limbs and glossy green leaves can be reflected in the afternoon light. Grown as a small tree or multistemmed large shrub, Chionanthus is ideal for a lawn or intimate patio area, thriving in moist, well-drained acidic locations, though tolerant of other soil conditions. Grows slowly. Large band.

Blooms June–mid-July

Size: 15' 0" high x 15' 0" – 20' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

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Our feature plant: Primula vulgaris ssp. sibthorpii

Precious Primulas, Prized Pulmonarias and Fabulous Foliage!

Primulas offer elaborately-crafted colorful blooms in varied shapes,……

including draped bells, candelabras, drumsticks and pincushions. Many Primrose flowers  waft a delectable scent. Second-to-none for the dappled recesses of your garden, these easily grown, cold-hardy Primulas crave well-drained, humus-rich niches with adequate moisture and good air circulation. They can grace containers or be planted in swaths along shady walkways or in woodland gardens. Be sure to peruse our online Primulas.

Prized Pulmonarias……

One of the earliest perennials to bloom, you can be picking their enchanting urn-shaped flowers in February while the rest of the garden still slumbers. Many cultivars showcase an array of mercury-hued dapples, speckles and spots, while others sport solid pewter sheens or striking silver streaks. Easy-to-grow Pulmonarias prefer the lacy light of a woodland setting plus cool moist soil. Our newsletter also includes a handful of other shade-loving perennials that promise alluring foliage. Many of these perennials can be partnered with Pulmonarias for intriguing foliar contrast. You may wish to check out our online Pulmonaria offerings.

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