Chionanthus retusus (Chinese Fringe Tree) - The name Chionanthus is from the Greek word 'chion', meaning "snow" and 'anthos', a "flower", in reference to the abundant white fringe-like flowers. These flowers are borne in profusion in early spring or summer dependent upon location. Blue-black fruits are produced on the female tree after the bloom. Grows to 20 feet tall in cultivation with a rounded crown of dark green leaves that turn golden in late fall. This is a hardy tree that can be planted in a lawn in full sun or used as an understory in partial shade. It grows best in fertile well-drained soils with ample watering. The gray bark provides an interesting accent to the winter landscape. It is hardy to 22°F.