Dig the planting hole as deep as the root ball and two to three times as wide. After you place the tree in the hole, backfill with the soil you removed from the hole without additives or enhancements. Water thoroughly when the hole is half full of soil and again when it is completely full, tamping down to remove air pockets. The tree won't withstand prolonged drought. Water before the soil around the roots has a chance to dry completely at root depth. Unless the soil fertility is naturally moderate to high, fertilize annually with about an inch of compost or use a complete and balanced fertilizer according to the label instructions.
- Light Needs: Full Sun, partial Shade
- Watering Needs: Water deeply to settle the soil around roots.
Native to the southeastern U.S., Chionanthus virginicus can grow anywhere in the country except for the southernmost tip of Florida. Its botanical name means snow flower and refers to the tree's large clusters of snow white flowers. The branches are strong and withstand all kinds of wind and weather, but the flowers are more delicate, and if you want them to last, plant the tree in a sheltered location.