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White-flowering fringe tree

Chionanthus virginicus

Description:

The richly-scented flowers have a pure white, deeply four-lobed corolla, the lobes thread-like, 1.5 to 2.5 cm (0.59-0.98 in) long and 3 mm (0.12 in) broad; they are produced in drooping axillary panicles 10 to 25 cm (3.9-9.8 in) long when the leaves are half grown. Although native in the southeastern United States, it is hardy in the north and is extensively planted in gardens, where specimens are often grown with multiple trunks. The white flowers are best seen from below. The dried roots and bark were used by Native Americans to treat skin inflammations. The crushed bark was used in treatment of sores and wounds.

Habitat:

Bolin Creek woods

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Maria dB
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Maria dB

Carrboro, North Carolina, USA

Spotted on May 2, 2014
Submitted on Jun 27, 2014

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