Grancy Graybeard flowers

Is anyone familiar with this small tree/shrub? A landscaper has suggested the GRANCY GRAYBEARD for a large flower bed. I really like what I have read; but I was wondering, when the flowers die down, do they fall to the ground littering the mulch? I have black mulch, so the spent flowers would really stand out underneath the tree. Thanks for your help.
q grancy graybeard, flowers, gardening, landscape
q grancy graybeard, flowers, gardening, landscape
  19 answers
  • Jolen Skinner Jolen Skinner on Oct 02, 2016
    Yes , it is beautiful.
  • Linda Linda on Oct 02, 2016
    Me too! I don't care about the dead leaves. I cross that bridge when I come to it. I just want to enjoy this beauty while it blooms.
  • Leslie Jean Patterson Leslie Jean Patterson on Oct 03, 2016
    It's commonly called a Fringe Tree. Most likely not available this time of year. Chionanthus virginicus is it's scientific name. Native to the Savannahs. I would contact my local tree nursery. You can also purchase them online if you don't mind the tree being smaller. Yes the leave fall to the ground and so do the fringe flowers.
  • Gai7514267 Gai7514267 on Oct 03, 2016
    The beauty is worth any debri !!!
  • Rhonda Dickinson Rhonda Dickinson on Oct 03, 2016
    Not much of an issue.
  • Bjc12199445 Bjc12199445 on Oct 03, 2016
    Not only is the debris worth the beauty, the aroma is wonderful!! My mother had one at her back door and when it was in bloom no one went in the front door!
  • Bjc12199445 Bjc12199445 on Oct 03, 2016
    Oops! Meant not only is beauty worth any debris!
  • Robert Gamlin Robert Gamlin on Oct 03, 2016
    They need a male and female plant to produce seeds , I believe the male plant produces the best flowering .
  • Patricia Bell Patricia Bell on Oct 03, 2016
    The Grancy Graybeard is a beautiful tree that grows well in AL. The clean up from them is minimal. Their beauty outshines the small amount of debris.
  • Martha Campbell Martha Campbell on Oct 03, 2016
    Their beauty far outweighs any problem with debris cleanup.
  • Sue Kiene Sue Kiene on Oct 03, 2016
    It looks beautiful. Do not think I have ever seen one before. Would love to have one in my yard.
  • Charlotte Cabri Charlotte Cabri on Oct 03, 2016
    And their fragrance will have walkers in your neighborhood stopping to smell the flowers. My tree is from Alabama where we called it Granddaddy Whiskers. I like that better than Grancy Graybeard.
  • Patricia Pfaff Patricia Pfaff on Oct 03, 2016
    will this do well in Central Florida west coast and how tall does it get.
  • Deborah Lyle Line Deborah Lyle Line on Oct 03, 2016
    I live in SC and we have 2 of them in our yard. Here they are called GrandDaddy Graybeards. The blooms are beautiful but don't last a long time with wind or much rain.
  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Oct 04, 2016
    Any shrub or tree that is not evergreen is going to fall on your mulch. They are very pretty and unique, but like any spring plant, its beauty is short lived! You might want to get a miniature red leaf maple. They can be expensive but are absolutely stunning! They are small, not much for shade, but decorative!
  • Sylvia Candler Sylvia Candler on Oct 04, 2016
    Here is a wonderful article with pics about the tree.
  • IFortuna IFortuna on Oct 04, 2016
    I don't have this foliage but you may be able to use a leaf blower to clean off your mulch or a mild blast with water from your hose. I am assuming the flowers will die and fall off so these solutions may work for you. good luck. : )
  • Crystal Meyer Griffith Crystal Meyer Griffith on Oct 06, 2016
    This little tree is beautiful when blooming but that is a very short time and the rest of the year they are just green shrubs. Kinda blah. If you want some really nice color get the mini red leaf maple or maybe a Japanese red maple. They are much prettier trees IMHO.
  • Sheryl Causey Sheryl Causey on Oct 08, 2016
    In answer to your question, the spent blooms are very thin and turn dark in a short time. They would be noticeable on black mulch just a day or so. They are delicate and almost dissolve between your fingers.
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