Chinese fringe tree (Chionanthus retusus)

Quick facts and care essentials

• Deciduous
• Zones 3-9, 14-24, 28-34, 39
• Full sun or partial shade
• Regular to moderate water
• Growth rate slow to moderate

Grow this one as a multistemmed shrub or a small tree. It reaches about 20 feet tall and wide, bearing broad, glossy green, 4-inch-long leaves that turn bright yellow in autumn. Beautiful 4-inch-long clusters of pure white flowers with fringelike petals appear in late spring or early summer. Plant in good soil. Tolerates city pollution.