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Chionanthus retusus

Chinese Fringe Tree

Hardy Tree

What is Hardy Tree?

Unusual tree with fragrant white flowers bearing long fringe-like petals

Good yellow autumn colour

Small and slow growing

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Description How to Grow Delivery

This rare, slow-growing, Chinese tree is very unusual and always attracts plenty of curiosity. In May and June, Chionanthus retusus produces clusters of fragrant white flowers with very long, fringe-like petals. The flowers are followed by blue-black damson-like berries which are enjoyed by birds. In the UK, Chionanthus retusus tends to form a broad and spreading multi-stemmed shrub. The leaves are a lustrous bright green and offer good yellow autumn colour. Mature specimens develop attractive peeling bark. It makes an interesting and unusual specimen in warm, sheltered locations with well-drained soil. Height: 4m-6m (13 - 20ft). Spread: 3m (10ft).

Plant height and spread is seasonal therefore we list by pot size rather than a defined plant size. The height and spread of the plant delivered will vary depending on the season, meaning arrival images are an indication only.

Height Up to 4m (13ft)
Spread Up to 3m (10ft)

Hardy Tree

low maintenance gardenwoodland garden

sun or semi shade

Flowering Months

1 x 10 Litre Potted Plant (KF2147)
1 x 15 Litre Potted Plant (KF2148)

Suitable for hot and sunny, sheltered locations with well-draining soil. Unsuited to windy or exposed sites. Water and mulch well during the establishment phase and any dry periods, especially in the first couple of seasons.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes, etc. are delivered at the appropriate time for planting or potting on. Delivery times will be stated on the product page above, or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a delivery charge of £2.99.

Orders which include any other products will incur a delivery charge of £6.99.

Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products, a maximum delivery charge of £7.99 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

Large items may incur a higher delivery charge - this will be displayed in your shopping basket.

Please see our Delivery page for further details, and more information on different charges that may apply to certain destinations.

For more information on how we send your plants please visit our Helpful Guide on plant sizes.

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