Plant Care Fringetree


About Fringetree

Fringetree is a small deciduous tree in the Oleaceae (olive) family native to the eastern U.S. It grows from 12 to 20 feet tall and wide with a multi-stemmed rounded habit. It can tolerate clay soil and drought. In late spring, fragrant flower clusters with creamy white fringe-like petals appear. The showy blue-black fruits, maturing in late summer, provide a food source for birds and wildlife.


Chionanthus virginicus

Also known as

White fringetree

How to care for Fringetree


How often to water your Fringetree

Water needs for Fringetree
0.5 cups
every 9

Fringetree needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Fringetree

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Fringetree in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Fringetree: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Fringetree love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Fringetree does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Fringetree in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Fringetree

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Fringetree: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Fringetree after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Fringetree is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Water Needs
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Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Fringetree



Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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