Chionanthus virginicus
white fringetree

Chionanthus virginicus
Chionanthus virginicus
Photo courtesy Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Chionanthus virginicus
Common name: white fringetree
Group: dicot
Family: Oleaceae
Growth type: tree/shrub
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: to 36'
Foliage: opposite, simple, ovate or oblong, with an entire margin
Flower: white, deeply lobed corolla, lobes thread-like
Flowering time: late May to early June; fruits early autumn
Habitat: low, rich dry or moist, soil of woods and shaded edges, streamsides, bluffs
Range in New Jersey: local on southern part of the Coastal Plain
Heritage ranking, if any: S3
Distribution: Chionanthus virginicus
Misc. According to Stone, 1910, "found only in the low woods along the lower part of the Maurice River and Cohansey Creek and up the tributaries of the former to Buena Vista. Nuttall's reference to a thirty-foot tree at 'Port Elizabeth' [Z. Collins] probably refers to the village of that name below Millville in Cumberland County and not Elizabeth in Union County, as given in Britton's Catalogue."(637)