ki-o-NAN-thus (kee-on-ANTH-us) ver-JIN-i-kus
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Deciduous, large shrub or small tree, spreading, open, 12-20 ft (4-6 m) tall with an equal spread, larger in the wild. Leaves simple, opposite, sub-opposite, narrow-elliptic to oblong or obovate-oblong, 7.5-20 cm long, acute to acuminate, margin entire, glossy dark green above, underside paler and pubescent, at least on veins. Dioecious - male and female plants, but some have perfect flowers. White flowers showy, in fleecy, soft clusters in late spring. Fruit about 13 mm long, egg-shaped, dark blue in late summer.
- Sun to partial shade. Adaptable but does best in moist, fertile, acid soils. Slow growing. Male trees reportedly have showier flowers.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 4 Native range from southern New Jersey to Florida and Texas.
- chionanthus: from the Greek, chion, snow, and anthos, flower, referring to the white flowers. viginicus: of Virginia.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: southeast of Dixon Lodge, near sidewalk along Jefferson Ave.