Friday, May 13, 2011


It was a warm, sunny day and I took a break from my chores and went to sit on the front porch for a while. As a gentle wind blew, a beautiful fragrance was carried with it. It was coming from the Fringe Trees (common name) that line our driveway. We've had these trees for years, but I never caught that lovely aroma in the past, maybe because I usually sit on the back porch.

My husband ordered these trees, on line from a nursery, after we saw one on a trip to Pennsylvania to visit the kids. We must have just hit it at the right time because they only flower right after the the Dogwood flowers have faded, and only for about two weeks, if the weather conditions are right.

When we received them, there are ten, they were only about twelve inches tall. The cataloge says they grow about 10 feet tall by 10 feet wide. Ours have grown all different sizes, two are very small but full of blossoms this year.

In the fall the leaves turn a bright yellow. The female trees grow clusters of dark blue, grape like fruit, which is eaten by birds.

Below is one of the short ones, I sure wish that they'd grow up..... LOL

I think that a company should make a perfume from them. It would make a great fragrance, not too heavy, not too sweet.

I just checked out the TIME LIFE Encyclopedia Of Gardening for Trees. It stated that these trees grow up to 12 to 15 feet in about 10 years. It also states that it evenually can become 25 to 30 feet tall. That's not what we originally read when we ordered them.

Have a great day. Hope you enjoyed learning about our trees.


Fairfield House said...

D -

I've never heard of Fringe Trees but they sound and look lovely. I will have to search for one for our property! Thank you for sharing.

Your Friend,

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi darling, I've never heard of a Fringe Tree. It is gorgeous. I'm going to see if it would grow in our area. Over the last couple of years I've lost a lot of trees and shrubs, more to be pulled out soon. It's a little on the sad side, guess that will give me time to re-evalute the area and come up with something with less maintence. Right now less is more. I hope you're doing well your way. We've had heavy rains this morning and promise of hot, hot and humid temps headed our way. Just in time for the 4th of July. hugs ~lynne~