(Chionanthus virginicus) Deciduous tree. This species is called both a shrub and a small tree. The leaves are tapered at both ends, often wider near the tip, and are 3-8" long. Leaves are in pairs along the stem, and the veins are very conspicuous underneath. The fragrant flowers grow in numerous, dense and drooping clusters. The fruits, about 1/2" long on female trees, are ovoid and dark blue. In fall leaves turn yellow. The rather large leaves and the graceful pendulous floral arrangement combine for a striking contribution to the spring landscape. Grows in moist or dry woods and bluffs. 30 feet max.
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