DIY Network

Dwarf Shrubs and More

Here are 17 beautiful and low-maintenance plants.

More in Outdoors

Chinese Fringe Tree (3 of 17)

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.

Next Photo: Fireworks Goldenrod

Advertisement