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Fringe Tree Root Bark (Chionanthus virginicus) – Dried Herb, Wildcrafted


SKU: 12187

Fringe Tree is a small deciduous tree or shrub with scaly bark, large magnolia like leaves and aromatic white flowers with fringe like petals that flower in May and June. Also know as White Fringetree, Fringe Tree, Snowflower Tree, Flowering Ash, Old Man’s Beard, Grandfather Graybeard and Grancy Graybeard.

Native to southeastern North America, and predominately found in the Eastern United States. Fringe tree is a member of the Oleaceae family, also know as the olive family including other trees and shrubs such as Lilac, Jasmine and Ash. The genus Chionanthus is also found in the tropics and subtropics, in eastern Asia, most of the tropical species are evergreen.

It is difficult to grow on a commercial scale because most plants seen in gardens are from seeds, which require over two years to germinate or on a commercial scale cuttings or grafting is used.

Native Americans used tea made from boiled bark as a topical treatment for skin irritations, cuts and infections; and dried or fresh root and trunk bark as a diuretic. The roots of the Fringe Tree are dried and used to treat liver and gallbladder disease in traditional American folk medicine.


The taste and energetics of Fringe Tree are slightly bitter, astringent cooling and drying. Fringe Tree has an affinity towards the liver, gallbladder, digestive system, urinary tract, nervous system and skin. For support of the liver and gallbladder combine Fringe Tree with Milk Thistle, Artichoke or Oregon grape. For support of the urinary tract combine Fringe Tree with Hydrangea root, Chicory root or Nettle leaf.

How to Use:

1 teaspoon of Fringe Tree Bark to one cup of boiling water. Simmer for 15 minutes, strain and drink up to three cups a day.

Cautions & contraindications:

Fringe Tree is contraindicated in bile duct obstruction.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. Please consult your healthcare provider prior to the use of this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition. Individual results may vary.


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