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This is a genus of Oleaceae of which two species are grown. Both are deciduous and make large bushes in their native. countries, though about London they grow slowly. The white, fragrant flowers are peculiar by reason of their fringed and wavy appearance. A rich, moist, loamy soil is suitable, and propagation can be effected by seeds or cuttings of half ripe wood.

Chionanthus retusus is a native of China and Japan, and was introduced in 1850. The leaves are obovate and hairy.

Chionanthus Virginica, the Fringe Tree of Florida and Texas, grows from 10 to 30 feet high, and flowers freely in May and June. The leaves are glabrous.