Chionanthus virginicus ‘Dirr’

(Dirr Fringe Tree)


Hardiness Zones:

 3a  3b  4a  4b  5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

Chionanthus virginicus ‘Dirr’ is a highly underrated native tree that is easily grown, tolerant of urban settings, and requires little maintenance. It can tolerate full sun to part shade, and I can’t understand why it doesn’t get more use and remains a relatively fringe species in the world of landscape plants.

Fringe trees are beautiful trees, particularly in the late spring early summer when they become absolutely loaded with wispy fragrant white flowers giving it the appearance of clouds floating among the branches. In the early spring, they come to life as large nodes swell to reveal new bright green growth. As growth becomes established flowers follow for a period of weeks. Though the summer the tree practically takes care of itself, thriving in clay soil and conditions where other ornamental trees struggle. Near the end of summer the tree fruits with small blue berries, which are both ornamental and enjoyed by birds. The fall color is a subdued yellow that while not spectacular will still add beauty to a fall setting.


Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, fertile soils. Seldom needs pruning. Tolerant of air pollution and adapts well to urban settings. Intolerant of prolonged dry conditions.

Additional information

Common Name

Dirr Fringe Tree

Botanical Name

Chionanthus virginicus 'Dirr'


10 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun, Sun


12 to 18 ft.


10 to 15'

Soil Condition


Water Needs


Blooming Period


Flower Color




Foliage Color


Deer Resistant


Fall Color

golden yellow

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