Also known as
Chionanthus virginica, Old Man’s beard, Snowdrop tree, Grancy Gray Beard, Greybeard tree.
Plant Family: Oleaceae
Fringe tree is small tree or shrub that is native to the North American continent, but is predominantly found in the eastern United States from Tennessee to Pennsylvania, bearing white flowers with fringe-like petals in June, giving the plant its name. It is considered one of the continents most beautiful native plants. The white fringe of the flowers looks like ethereal cotton or white clouds. It has large leaves like those of the magnolia. The almost-odorless root bark is gathered, washed, and dried for medicinal use. It has all but eluded modern horticulturists in growing it on a commercial scale, either by cutting or grafting. Most plants seen in gardens are from seeds which require over two years to germinate, if at all.
Bitters, saponins, phyllyrin, chionanthin.
Traditionally used as a tea or fluid extract. May be combined with barberry, dioscorea, or euonymous for treating liver diseases.
Avoid during gallstone attacks, as the herb will increase release of bile and pressure against the stones.
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