Here’s a beautiful, small tree whose name escaped me until Dianne Machesney sent me a photo.
American Fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus) blooms in late May with delicate white fringe-like flowers.
At the northernmost edge of its range it’s considered Threatened in Pennsylvania, but landscapers plant it as an ornamental. That’s why I see it in Schenley Park and Dianne found it in North Park.
Keep an eye out for this beautiful tree. This one is native — not the same as the Chinese fringetree. It’s worth a look.
(photo by Dianne Machesney)
UPDATE: MAY 22, 2011: Fringetree is now blooming in Schenley Park.