Main site sections:
Plants section links:


  • San Diego Zoo

Bloom time (approximate):

  • June & July

Plants: Species

Chinese Fringe Tree Chionanthus retusus


With its lacy flowers full of narrow, fring-like petals that bloom in June and July, and its green leaves that turn deep yellow in the fall, the deciduous Chinese fringe tree Chionanthus retusus presents a varying pattern of beauty for each of the seasons. A member of the olive family, the Asian tree rarely gets taller that 20 feet (6 meters).