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.