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fringe tree

a shrub or small tree, Chionanthus virginicus, of the olive family, native to the southern U.S., bearing open clusters of white flowers with long, narrow petals.
Also called old-man's-beard.
Origin of fringe tree
An Americanism dating back to 1720-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The flowers of trees give names to tulip tree, silver-bell tree, and fringe tree.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
British Dictionary definitions for fringe tree

fringe tree

either of two ornamental oleaceous shrubs or small trees of the genus Chionanthus, of North America and China, having clusters of white narrow-petalled flowers
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