The White Fringetree originally took home in wet, partially shady places like forests, wooded areas by streams, rocky bluffs, and thickets. The native distribution of the tree is throughout the Southeastern United States, from Florida to Texas, and up through southern New Jersey, Ohio, Missouri, and Oklahoma (Department of Horticulture). The tree has spread to the Northern United States and has been able to survive winters as far north as Maine. The tree can now be found in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, DC, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Origin, history, and uses:
The White Fringetree is native to the southeastern United States.
Native Americans, pioneers, and Appalachian folk herbalists used the bark in various preparations to treat a number of maladies, such as skin problems, wounds, fevers, and digestive complaints. Native Americans used the tree’s dried roots and bark to treat skin inflammations, while the crushed bark was used in treatment of sores and wounds.
Because of its showy flowers and fragrant smell, it has become a popular plant for landscaping and gardens.
Leaves: The trees lose their leaves around November and regrows them around April to May.
Flowers: The tree blooms from April to May (flowers open before or with the first leaves).
Fruits: The female trees fruit from August to October. Trees are typically 5–8 years old before they begin to produce seeds.
This photo shows the resiliance of our tree, able to survive even through the harsh New Haven winter. While it bears no leaves yet, the White Fringetree anticiaptes the arrival of Spring, when it can finally unfurl its leaves.
As Spring starts popping up around New Haven, our Fringetree proves itself to be a late bloomer, not quite ready to sprout its flowers.