Partying With a Magnificent Chionanthus retusus (Chinese fringetree)

Chinese fringetree flowers

We saw – no, the right word is experienced – this frothy Chinese fringetree in bloom in Natchez last year. Each year when it flowers, the people who own it throw a party in celebration. We’d missed the official party, but had a wonderful evening, and I was charmed by the tree. If I remember rightly, they planted it shortly after buying the house and it is ‘only’ around 25 years old.

Since then, I’ve tried to persuade anyone thinking of planting a tree to get a Chionanthus retusus so they can have their own flowering party. As it demands and deserves lots of space, so far I’ve been unsuccessful.

A large Chionanthus retusus (Chinese fringetree) growing beside a house

Mississippi’s native fringetree is even larger, looser and airier, in both the form of the tree and the flowers.

Shared for Cee’s Flower of the Day.

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