Fringetree is a Missouri native shrub or small tree growing 12 to 20 feet tall, often found in moist woods and stream banks, in glade margins and rocky ledges. It is tolerant of clay soil and air pollution and seldom needs pruning.
Its name comes from the creamy-white flowers with fringe-like petals produced in May to June. The late summer grape-like fruit attracts birds. It is used as a specimen plant in landscape plantings.
Fringetree is dioecious, having separate male and female plants. Male flowers are showier than female ones, but female blossoms produce a cluster of olive-like fruits which are a source of food for birds and wildlife.