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Close up of Audubon Native Fringetree Treeling flowers, thin white almost stringy flowers starting to emerge from a yellow colored branch, surrounded by pictures of birds
A Native White Fringetree in full bloom, with the delicate white blossoms overwhelming the tree
Close up of Audubon Native Fringetree Treeling flowers, thin white almost stringy flowers starting to emerge from a yellow colored branch
The Audubon White Fringetree showing off its brilliant yellow fall color
A singular Native White Fringetree dark green, oval-shaped leaf on a white background
A map highlighting the locations where the White Fringetree can be found natively growing
White Breasted Nuthatch perched on a plant
Yellow Rumped Warbler perched on a tree branch
Gray Catbird perched on a bird feeder
Close up of Audubon Native Fringetree Treeling flowers, thin white almost stringy flowers starting to emerge from a yellow colored branch, surrounded by pictures of birds
A Native White Fringetree in full bloom, with the delicate white blossoms overwhelming the tree
Close up of Audubon Native Fringetree Treeling flowers, thin white almost stringy flowers starting to emerge from a yellow colored branch
The Audubon White Fringetree showing off its brilliant yellow fall color
A singular Native White Fringetree dark green, oval-shaped leaf on a white background
A map highlighting the locations where the White Fringetree can be found natively growing
White Breasted Nuthatch perched on a plant
Yellow Rumped Warbler perched on a tree branch
Gray Catbird perched on a bird feeder

RIBBONS OF WHITE FLOWERS, BERRIES, AND STUNNING FALL FOLIAGE

FEATURES:

May Benefit & Attract: American Robins, Eastern Bluebirds, Wood Thrushes, Northern Mockingbirds, Gray Catbirds, Brown Thrashers, Summer and Scarlet Tanagers, and Blue-headed Vireo

  • Unique fragrant ivory flowers bloom in late summer, appearing like delicate brush strokes
  • Purple-blue berries ripen in fall that the birds enjoy
  • Leaves transform to an outstanding bright yellow-orange color in fall
  • Ideal as a specimen tree but outstanding when planted in a grove
  • This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
  • All Audubon® branded trees and plants are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment
  • The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from our Grower
  • Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Mature Height: 12-20' tall
  • Mature Width: 15-20' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Spacing: 15-20' apart

Audubon® Native Fringetree

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Audubon® Plants for Birds: Chionanthus virginicus

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RIBBONS OF WHITE FLOWERS, BERRIES, AND STUNNING FALL FOLIAGE

FEATURES:

May Benefit & Attract: American Robins, Eastern Bluebirds, Wood Thrushes, Northern Mockingbirds, Gray Catbirds, Brown Thrashers, Summer and Scarlet Tanagers, and Blue-headed Vireo

  • Unique fragrant ivory flowers bloom in late summer, appearing like delicate brush strokes
  • Purple-blue berries ripen in fall that the birds enjoy
  • Leaves transform to an outstanding bright yellow-orange color in fall
  • Ideal as a specimen tree but outstanding when planted in a grove
  • This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
  • All Audubon® branded trees and plants are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment
  • The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from our Grower
  • Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Mature Height: 12-20' tall
  • Mature Width: 15-20' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Spacing: 15-20' apart

Why plant Audubon® Native Fringetree?

White Fringe Tree is one of those “best kept secrets”—and if the secret gets out, everyone will want one! In spring, this small, multi-stemmed ornamental tree will grace your garden with fluffy clouds of un-flower-like flowers that look like thin white ribbons. The blossoms will perfume your porch or patio with a wonderful scent that’s soapy-sweet but never overpowering. In late summer, female trees bear grape-like blue berries that are relished by birds. (Fringe Trees are grown from seed, so there’s a 50/50 chance you’ll get a girl.) Happy in sun or shade, moist soil or dry, this adaptable American native could be the answer for any part of your yard needing a little zing.

Carl Linnaeus, the Swedish scientist who got the honor of naming most of the plants we still grow today (it was his system, after all), gave this tree the poetic name Chionanthus (Ki-o-NAN-thus)—Chion meaning “snow” and anthus meaning “flower.” The species name he gave it was virginicus, as it is native to Virginia and several other states in the Southeast. Jefferson grew it at Monticello. Its slow growth has made White Fringetree an uncommon tree in the landscape. Be the first on the block to grow this fine native!

How to use Audubon® Native Fringetree in the landscape?

Who said fringe is out of style? Not us! Well, on a tree anyway...the spreading open habit of this gorgeous tree is perfect for a specimen plant. Green leaves emerge in spring, followed by an abundance of fragrant, lacy white flowers. Yellow foliage graces the branches in fall - quite a seasonal display!

Audubon® Native Plants & Trees

Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.

What is the definition of Native?

“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society

Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.

Audubon® is a licensed and registered trademark of the National Audubon Society. All rights reserved.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 4-9

How To Plant Audubon® Native Fringetree

The White Fringetree is actually a member of the Lilac family – which would explain the heavenly fragrance of those flowers! White Fringetree is slow growing, and considered to be a relatively small tree, growing to about 20 feet tall. They enjoy full sun and long walks on the beach. White Fringetrees are tolerant of wet soil conditions and are free of pests as well.

How To Water

Fringetree will appreciate regular water during its first few years in the ground and irrigation during long dry spells after it’s established. When you water, water slowly and thoroughly.

How To Fertilize

Fertilize your Fringetree annually with our Elements Starter Plant Food.

How To Prune

Prune immediately after flowering as needed to maintain shape, but as a slow grower, pruning may not be required.

How Does Shipping Work?

Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our big trees, sizes XL and bigger, require expert delivery and care, that means our extra-large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks. We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care. We deliver your trees and plants directly to you. Ask Bower & Branch about planting services – we'd be happy to assist in installation.

*Big trees and shrubs, Size XL and bigger, will take approximately 21 to 28 days to be delivered, during live shipping periods.

Your trees and plants are grown across the United States at various Bower & Branch Growers. Depending on your location, your plant orders may be shipped from various locations. Please expect orders with multiple items to be delivered over a number of days as a result. Orders made up of numerous items or selections will not arrive at your home on the same day.

Shipping Delays:

From time to time, Bower & Branch Growers may determine to delay order shipment based on various factors for plant health. Weather in your region, as well as, where your plants are grown, is always considered when shipping. Extreme weather conditions may delay some or all of your order. Bower & Branch allows our Growers to make final shipping decisions based solely to benefit your trees and plants’ health and success.

How Does Sizing Work?

The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)

Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.

All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!

See the size guides below.

How Trees are Shipped
Size 4XL D Trees Size 3XL C Trees Size 2XL B Trees Size XL A Trees Size LARGE AA Trees

Our Guarantees

3-YEAR-TREE GUARANTEE:

Bower & Branch offers a Three-Year Tree Guarantee on all of our trees, sizes X-Large and up. Only the finest and the most experienced growers are awarded the opportunity to grow for Bower & Branch, so we offer the best guarantee available.

If your tree(s) should fail for any reason during the three-year guarantee period, you will receive an online gift card in the amount that you originally spent on the tree.* You can then use this online gift card for any Bower & Branch Purchase.

* Bower & Branch provides online gift cards in the amount of the original purchase price of the tree(s). The amount does not include any additional costs such as delivery, planting, tax, or any other products or services. Online gift cards can be applied towards any Bower & Branch purchase on BowerandBranch.com and have no expiration dates. Bower & Branch does not guarantee tree replacement or availability of any desired product at any time. Cash refunds are not offered. Bower & Branch requires that all original tags and receipts are present when a guarantee request is initiated. The Bower & Branch Three-Year Guarantee only applies to plant material that has been planted in the ground. Container plantings are NOT covered.

At Bower & Branch, we do our best to honor all guarantee fulfillment requests to ensure customer satisfaction. However, we reserve the right to refuse the request if the required guarantee steps were not satisfied. Bower & Branch also reserves the right to deny any guarantee fulfillment request that is made as a result of animal damage, problems with plant hardiness and zone issues, or acts of nature (snow storms, hurricanes, and similar).

 

Reach out to a Plant Whisperer with any questions:

- Email: plantwhisperers@bowerandbranch.com

- Phone: 866-873-3888

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