fringe tree

noun

Definition of fringe tree

: a small eastern U.S. tree (Chionanthus virginicus) of the olive family that has clusters of white flowers and is widely cultivated as an ornamental

Examples of fringe tree in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In springtime, Akebono cherry trees and Chinese fringe trees will explode in a profusion of pink and white blooms, respectively. Emily Young, Los Angeles Times, "Beloved Japanese garden reopens at Lotusland in Montecito — but good luck getting in," 26 July 2019 Other options: crabapple (Malus spp.), fringe tree (Chionanthus virginicus, C. retusus), panicle hydrangea (H. paniculata) and sweetbay magnolia (M. virginiana). Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Ornamental pear trees bad for environment," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of fringe tree

circa 1730, in the meaning defined above

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“Fringe tree.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fringe%20tree. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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