2010 Theodore Klein Plant Award Winner

Chionanthus retusus is a large shrub/small tree that is prized for its glossy green leaves, fragrant white flowers in late spring and its cultural adaptability. Plant in full sun or part shade in reasonably rich soil and it will provide years of enjoyment. It is amazing in flower in a given season you cannot see the foliage for all the flowers that form at the end of the new shoots. A seedling-grown southern-form (rounded leaves that Steve Foltz, Cincinnatti Zoo & Boatanic Garden Director of Horticulture, says is the better form) at the UKREC keeps its leaves until very late even after a hard freeze which turns them a shiny light brown that reflects as almost white from a distance. In the rainy summer of 2009 it was very prone to putting out long shoots.

Chionanthus retusus - Chinese Fringetree