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Fringe tree is perfect spring bloomer for home landscape

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By Jeneen Wiche

The beacon of spring in these parts is undoubtedly the native dogwood. But, there are other notable spring bloomers worth consideration in the home landscape. What about Halesia or Chionanthus, commonly known as Carolina silverbell and fringe tree, respectively.

Both trees are native to the southeast United States and are well-suited to Kentuckiana’s climate. They are perfect for home landscapes because they are small to medium in size. 

The Carolina silverbell is a tree that reaches about 30 to 40 feet in height with a spread of 20 to 30 feet. The fringe tree is a small tree or large shrub (depending on how it is trained) that reaches about 15 to 25 feet in height and 10 to 15 feet in spread.