The Fringetree is a deciduous native shrub or small tree, found in the Eastern United States, that has a spreading (wide) habit

[Elementary School students]

Did you know?

Who used this tree for medical purposes?

Native Americans used this tree to treat skin issues by making a tea of it.

What four legged animal likes to eat this tree?

Deer like to eat parts of the tree.

The fruit is attractive to who?

Songbirds use the fruit for food.


[Middle School students]

Habitat (where it likes to live)

Well drained soils in full sun and also in wet soils
Location: Eastern and central North America  (Zone 3 to 9)

Requirements (what it needs to live)

Water: Medium to wet
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Shade Tree, Street Tree, Rain Garden

Identification (what it looks like)

One of the first trees to send out flowers in the spring
Gray bark on younger trees and darker gray with furrows on older trees
Twigs – has a smell

[High School students]

Habit (how it grows)

Height: 12 to 20 feet
Spread: 12 to 20 feet
Bloom Time: May to June
Bloom Description: A creamy white flower
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Tolerate: Wet Soil, Air Pollution
Fall: Good fall color





Suggested Use (where to plant it):

Rain Gardens – To look good and help shade other plants
Parks – Seth Hand Park
Wooded areas – For naturalizing
Gardens - Attract birds into the yard


  1. Clemson -
  2. Missouri Botanic Garden –
  3. Hobby Seeds -
  4. Tree Pictures -
  5. Bernheim -
  6. NC Extension -
  7. Wikipedia -