Winners 2007

Fringe Tree

Rhododendron 'Olga Mezitt'

Dwarf River Birch

Chionanthus virginicus
Fringe Tree
Chionanthus virginicus

This large shrub or small tree often reaches 15-20' tall with a similar spread. It’s usually multi-stemmed, broad and spreading. Large oblongleaves to 8” are borne on coarse twigs and branches.While its winter aspect can be a bit coarse, its spring appearance is anything but - in late May and early June it is covered in delicate clouds of fragrant white flowers borne in long panicles. As the blooms fade the petals drop like snow underneath.Most often dioecious – that is the male and female flowers occur on separate plants, male flowers bear slightly longer petals than the females do and so are showier. The females are endowed with lovely blue fruit in late summer and early fall. This sturdy, pest and disease resistant native plant, occurs in the eastern US. Hardy in zones 3-9. Plant in full sun or partial shade in a rich, moisture retentive soil.