fringe tree Chionanthus virginicus Oleaceae (olive family)
I keep wondering why people don’t garden with natives more often. I had a fringe tree at my previous house; it was one of a dozen or so landscape plants that I regret leaving behind. I discovered a fringe tree near Carderock last spring by literally walking into a low hanging branch. This year, I was told “it’s all over the place”. But when it isn’t flowering, it looks like, well, just another tree. A highly fragrant tree, though, so you can find it by following your nose when it is in flower.
Isn’t that just nifty?