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botanical name:
Chionanthus retusus
Chionanthus retusus © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Chinese Fringe Tree
family:  Calycanthaceae
characteristics: tree, scented/aromatic
height: 7.00m
width: 5.00m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: green
flower colour: white
fruit colour: blue
stem/bark: brown
main season: Summer
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-acid
minimum temp: -20°C
USDA zone: 6 to 9
Attractive large shrub or small, spreading, often multi-stemmed deciduous tree. Opposite, leathery leaves. Freely produced panicles of delicate pure white fragrant flowers in late spring. Female trees produce sloe-like dark blue fruits. Yellow autumn foliage colour. Older trees develop attractively peeling and fissured greyish brown bark.

Most reasonable soils in sun or light shade. Generally easy to grow but performs best in a continental climate and flowers best after long hot summers. Drought resistant once established.
Male and female trees are needed to produce viable seed.

From seed. Also by semi-hardwood cutting, but they can be difficult to root.

other notes:
Native to China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan

pronounced: chee-oh-NAN-thus re-TEW-sus
alternatively: kye-oh-NAN-thus re-TEW-sus
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