Chionanthus virginicus L

Shrub, perennial

Native: L 48

Blooming:  late March, April, May, white

Will be seen blooming near azaleas at its peak and about the same time as false indigo, making for a lovely color combination:  pink, white, purple. Larval host and nectar for rustic sphinx (Manduca rustica).  The female plants have a purple-blue fruit which are attractive to birds.  The flowers also attract insects which have not yet been identified.   Native Americans and early settlers used parts of the plant to treat inflammation of the eye,  mouth, ulcers and spongy gums.  It still has pharmacological use.

In 2013 it began blooming in late March and its blooming being extended for less than a month.

Location:  N 30 00.245’W084 33.569′(2.5RR), N30 00.361W084 33.604′(2.5RR), N30 00.514′ W084 33.956′ (2.7RR)