Jan. 6, 2018

fringetree, Chionanthus virginicus

If you first learn the olive family out of a can, and from ash trees, most of the rest of the family turns out to be a surprise. There are many beautiful flowers, not the least of which is fringetree. Originally from the southeast, it's now frequent in gardens as far north as Ontario. These inch and a half long flowers grow in profusion in bunches more or less six inches long. Nothing like those drab ash trees. The Choctaw and Coushatta used the bark to make disinfectant and for dermatological problems. Fringetree grows wild in AL, AR, DE, FL, GA, KY, LA, MA, MD, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH(T), OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, and WV. Hidden Lake Gardens, Lenawee Co MI, 5/27/13.