White Fringe Tree

Steps to Follow when Growing the White Fringe Tree


The White Fringe Tree is actually a part of the Olive family, which is a tree native to the United States.  This deciduous tree can grow as tall as 30 feet so location of planting is important.  Additionally, when in the blooming season, the White Fringe Tree produces gorgeous clusters of white blossoms that have an amazing fragrance.  In addition, the female blossoms consist of deep blue clusters that resemble grapes.

Although most blooms of the White Fringe Tree are bright white, they can also appear as a faint green color.  Each of the flowers has between four and six petals in the shape of a strap.  Typically, flowers will grow to one inch long and just one/sixteenth of an inch wide.  However, what makes the blossoms so remarkable is that they hang gracefully from the tree, branching out into clusters that can be up to six inches long.  These flowers will usually open just prior to the first leaves developing although they can appear simultaneously.

Another beautiful aspect of the White Fringe Tree is the foliage.  The leaves are a dark green and they have a wonderful glossy appearance.  The leaves are also deciduous, growing between four and eight inches in length and about one/quarter of an inch wide.  While some deciduous trees offer stunning color during the fall months, the White Fringe Tree is not as impressive but in the spring and summer, you would have a beautiful addition to your landscaping.

Interestingly, because new leaves of the White Fringe Tree develop during springtime, many people mistakenly believe they are dead.  However, once the leaves grow and the flowers bloom, they realize the leaves are actually healthy.  Because the White Fringe tree is a perennial, once you plant it, it will continue to provide blooms every year.  In addition, this tree produces fruit, which is a dark blue/black color that enhances the overall appearance.

If you decide to plant a White Fringe Tree, make sure it is provided with plenty of water and that it is planted in a location where it receives partial shade.  As far as soil, it should remain moist but without being water logged.  Additionally, this tree does very well in sandy soil.  Other than that, not much is required to grow a gorgeous, healthy, and strong tree.

Keep in mind that because of the fruit, twigs, foliage, and flowers of the White Fringe Tree, wildlife is naturally attracted to it.  Even birds, butterflies, and moths love this type of tree, which adds to the experience of having the White Fringe Tree planted on your property.  Therefore, while you have the opportunity to enjoy the tree itself, you would also have the color and activity of live creatures to enjoy.

Finally, propagation for the White Fringe Tree is done from July to September.  At that time, the fruit would be a purple color.  Simply take the seeds from the pulp and clean them.  Once the seeds are completely dry, they should be stored in an airtight container and kept in an area inside that is cold and moist.  Typically, people will store the seeds of the White Fringe Tree in a basement or cellar and when ready to plant, they would need to sit out in temperatures around 68 degrees for about three months, followed by planting.



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