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Plant Species of the genus Chionanthus

Information about this genus
Name: Chionanthus
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: Some species tolerate alkaline soil while others prefer neutral or acid soil and a position in full sun. The wood needs to be ripened by the sun for a good flower set. Propagate by sowing seed as soon as it is ripe in autumn, ensuring it is protected from winter frosts. Germination is slow, taking up to 18 months.
Description: This genus in the Oleaceae family consists of more than 100 species of deciduous trees and shrubs native to eastern Asia, Japan and the eastern states of the USA. Some of the tropical trees within the genus may be evergreen. The leaves are toothed or smooth and are arranged opposite each other on the branches. The white 4-petalled flowers grow in terminal panicles, and are followed in autumn by a purple-blue fruit with a single seed. The bark is used medicinally.

Specie Vernacular Zone
Chionanthus retusus 6-10
virginicus 4-9

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