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On Gardening: Chinese fringetrees appear to be covered in snow

The Chinese fringetrees have been on the spectacular side the last week or so, and they will be the same in your garden as they have in Savannah, Ga. Botanically speaking they are known as Chionanthus retusus, with Chionanthus meaning snow flower. Snow flower is very appropriate and -- like our native Grancy grey-beard, Chionanthus virginicus, they make a dramatic statement in the landscape. Though they are native to China, this week I was quick to point out to a business delegation from Korea that this outstanding tree and several others in our garden were also native to their country. The Chinese fringetree is cold hardy from zones 5 to 9 and much of the country will see the ...

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