PLANT SPOTLIGHT – White Fringetree

White Fringetree is a wide-spreading, multi-stemmed shrub or small tree. A great specimen plant that is best used as an “airy” shrub for the landscape throughout the mid-west. They grow to a height of 12-20’ with a spread of 12-20’.

Facts about White Fringetree

  • They do well in heavy clay and alkaline soils and tolerate partial shade.
  • They have narrow, fringelike white petals on flowers that are borne in clusters.
  • There are both male and female plants — female plants produce loose clusters of blue fruits in early fall if both male and female plants are present. Male plants are fruitless.
  • The fruits produced by female plants are attractive to birds.
  • They are deer resistant.

Insect & Disease Issues for White Fringetree

  • Can occasionally have some fungal issues on leaves (powdery mildew); this is more of an aesthetic issue.
  • Can become infested with Emerald Ash Borer – but can be easily treated with a soil insecticide to control/prevent damage.
  • Rabbits and mice will feed on the base and trunk during the winter months. This can be prevented by fencing/wrapping the plants.

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