The trunk is erect, often slightly twisted, at times formed by 2-3 close stems, well branched, to form a roundish foliage; the bark is light brown, with the age of the plant tends to peel, always remaining quite smooth.
The leaves are large, waxy, thick, dark green; in late spring it produces many white flowers, with linear petals, hanging from the plant in small groups on long stems; the flowers of chionanthus are very fragrant and last long on the plant; in late summer on the female plants the flowers give way to small oval fruits, similar to olives, which become black-blue when ripe.
C. retusus is native to Asia, it has very showy flowers, bigger than those of the North American species.
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The Chionanthus virginianus prefer to be planted in the middle of the shade, even if they can develop even in full sun or in areas with little light.
They are not afraid of the cold and are very resistant to the weather and pollution. Thanks to their easy adaptability, they do not require special care and are able to resist even if placed in different positions from those that represent their natural habitat.
They can also be cultivated in pots without particular cares so that they can be used even by those who do not have a large garden available; the cultivation in pots does not present any particularity as this shrub has a good adaptability and a slow growth.
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the young specimens need to be watered regularly; the plants planted for a long time usually settle for the rains, as they can bear even short periods of drought. These plants have a better development if placed near water streams, or at least in regularly irrigated areas.
The Chionanthus virginianus prefer rich, very well drained and slightly acidic soils. In spring and autumn, it is advisable to bury mature organic fertilizer at the foot of the plant. If they are planted in the garden, they can bear heavy soils, provided, however, that they are well drained. If you want to grow them in a pot, choose a universal potting soil that will prove effective for the development of this particular plant.
Planting in pots is possible due to the slow growth of this variety.
The multiplication of Chionanthus virginianus is usually done by cutting; it is advisable to prepare many of them, as they are difficult to root. If desired, we can propagate these plants also by seed, but they have a very slow growth, and it takes some years before obtaining a specimen suitable to be placed in the garden.
Chionanthus virginianus: Parasites and diseases
Usually, these plants fear the attack of the aphids, which ruin the flowers, and of the miner larvae, which ruin the big leaves. Sometimes, it can be struck by the ticking and by the bad white. However, they are rather resistant and adaptable shrubs, so much so that it is difficult that they are hit by parasites and diseases which can lead them to the drying up.