Chionanathus virginicus – Grancy gray beard, White finger tree
(south-eastern North America)
Habit: Round, broad large shrub, rarely an asymmetrical small tree, 3 (5) m tall, 3-5 m wide; slow-growing.
Flowers: Usually dioecious, white in 20 cm long, loose fringe-like panicles, somewhat fragrant, when leaves shoot, May-June.
Fruits: Often no fruits, as dependent on foreign pollen; blue-black berries from September on, but inconspicuously hidden under leaves.
Leaves: Late shoots, end of May; large, medium-green, luxurious, ovoid-elongated leaves; yellow-brown or only green-yellow at end of October.
Demands: Full sun, shade increases crookedness, tolerant of heat, frost hardy with occasional damage; good for urban areas, protect from wind.
Soil: Nutritious, deep, loamy soil, fresh to moist; short droughts are handled well; slightly acidic to neutral, sensitive to salt.
Note: Best planted in spring; do not cut.
Hardiness: Zone 5b