What’s Growing on the Farm?
Did you know that Rutgers Nursery maintains a beautiful 62 acre farm in Stockton, NJ? Since 2013 we have been growing and harvesting a lot of our own trees and shrubs right down the street from our Nursery. Plants from our farm are very hardy and have the added benefit of being grown in local soil, making them better acclimated to our area.
One tree that we’re particularly proud to be growing is the “Fringe Tree,” Chionanthus virginicus, a native to the eastern U.S.
This spectacular tree grows 12-20’ tall and wide, and tolerates full to partial sun. Its multi-stemmed (or “clump”) habit gives it a nice rounded shape at maturity. In late spring, the Fringe tree is covered with drooping clusters of fluffy, fringe-like flowers which can last for over two weeks! Bright green, spear-shaped leaves emerge soon after flowering, which are followed by clusters of black berries on female Fringe trees in autumn- a favorite of songbirds and ground birds.
The Fringe Tree is especially hardy, and is known to tolerate less-than-ideal conditions like urban areas with air pollution or even drought. It is happiest, however, in a moist but well-drained spot with good light and a little space to spread its limbs. This easy to care for tree seldom needs pruning and requires only moderate watering until established.
Keep an eye out for our Fringe Trees when you stop by our Nursery this spring, and ask us to show you what other trees have been locally grown at our farm!