fringe tree

noun

: 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

Example Sentences

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, 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, 20 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1730, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fringe tree was circa 1730

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“Fringe tree.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fringe%20tree. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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