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17 Low-Maintenance Plants and Dwarf Shrubs

Browse through these beautiful, but easy-to-care for plants and bushes.

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Chinese Fringe Tree

The Chinese fringe tree is not very cold tolerant.

Chionanthus retusus
Gardener's Note: There also is a native species (Chionanthus virginicus) that is much more cold tolerant than the Chinese. Even as far south as zone 8, winter damage can be seen on retusus and not virginicus.
Deciduous Tree with "fringy" white flowers in spring, flowers are larger on male plants
Female plants produce a blue/black berry in late summer
Plant in average to moist soil
Plant in full sun to light shade
Height: 15-20 feet
Width: 20-25 feet
Hardy in USDA zones 5-8:
Zone 5: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; may suffer branch dieback in this zone.
Zone 6: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun; avoid contact with salt; may suffer branch dieback in this zone.
Zone 7: Plant in fall; plant in full sun to light shade; provide supplemental water during dry spells; may suffer branch dieback in this zone.
Zone 8: Plant in fall; plant in full sun to light shade; provide supplemental water during dry spells.

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