A fringe decision

Three native fringetrees (Chionanthus virginicus, below) are particular favorites, though two have been enveloped by redbuds so that only uppermost branches are seen. Over the years, I’ve not considered the related Chinese fringetree (Chionanthus retusus) because why, when the native is exceptional, and anyway, where could it be fit in?

In recent years, there has been no space for another tree, and the plan was for one of the handful of small Japanese maples growing in pots on the patios to fill some future opening that is only a summer squall away. (As a side note, my wife informs me that no additional trees in pots will be permitted.)

But, the space consideration was changed when two dogwoods in the lower garden failed in damp ground due to nearly doubled rainfall over the past year. And then, a bushy, seven foot tall Chinese fringetree (above) became available, so what the heck? The Japanese maples are at least a year away from being large enough, and I (like nature) abhor a void.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Linus says:

    Speaking of fringe trees, thoughts on the “Tokyo Tower” variety? That would have a smaller footprint.

    1. Dave says:

      The Chinese fringe I planted is a multi trunked Tokyo Tower. It has upright branching, but with multiple trucks there’s plenty of body. I planted it where I removed a dead Wolf Eye dogwood that was wider than tall. The dogwood died from poor drainage, where there was never a problem in the past decade and a half since it was planted. I trenched and raised the area so the fringetree sits about eight inches higher than the dogwood.

  2. Ann Farrell Pulliam says:

    Hi Dave, I live in Vienna with 2 acres of sun (Near the Rt 7 Meadows) and my husband says “no more trees”. Since we moved in 3 years ago I think I have only planted 22 or so. (Not counting trees in pots, right?) Would you let a loyal Meadows VIP customer (and blog follower) ramble through your garden sometime? uh..asking for a friend. 😉

    1. Dave says:

      I am happy to share the garden if a time can be worked out.

  3. tonytomeo says:

    At least you have ‘pretty’ natives to choose from. Most of ours are chaparral plants, and many are too combustible to allow to get too overgrown near the house.

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