Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Chionanthus Virginica, a small tree allied to the ash, found on river-banks in the United States, from Pennsylvania to Texas, and frequently planted for ornament. It bears loose drooping panicles of white flowers, the long narrow petals of which suggest the name. It is sometimes used in medicine, especially in jaundice and fevers.
“The first, the olive family (_Oleaceæ_), besides the olive, contains the lilac and jasmine among cultivated plants, and the various species of ash (_Fraxinus_), and the pretty fringe-tree (_Chionanthus_) (Fig. 122, _A_), often cultivated for its abundant white flowers.”
“And I have had the summer which has brought back the sight of many sweet and longed-for friends - the early oleander, the crêpe-myrtle, the jessamine, the silver bells, the pink mimosa - and I 've listened for the whisper of the snow-white fringe-tree and the rustle of the leaves of the aspen.”
“I felt half jealous that my friend should no longer be Anna Alston, as she stood bowing to the various salutations, graceful as a fringe-tree, whose white tassels wave in the clustering forests.”
“P] They are feathered Pecksniffs, to be sure, but then how brightly their breasts, that look rather shabby in the sunlight, shine in a rainy day against the dark green of the fringe-tree!”
“In the open air, in the gardens, japonicas grow ten feet high and blossom late in winter; and the "fringe-tree 'and the Lagerstremia Indica dot the lawns with a dense array of blossoms.”
The Great South; A Record of Journeys in Louisiana, Texas, the Indian Territory, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland
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