(Medicinal Herbs) Fringe Tree

| September 10, 2012 | 0 Comments | 14 views

Fringe Tree Scientific Names and Common Names,Fringe Tree Biochemical Information,Uses,Warning,Where Found,Parts Usually Used,Fringe Tree Description of Plant(s) and Culture,Medicinal Properties.

(Medicinal Herbs)  Fringe Tree


Common Names | Parts Usually Used | Plant(s) & Culture | Where Found | Medicinal Properties | Biochemical Information
Legends, Myths and Stories | Uses | Formulas or Dosages | Warning | Bibliography

Scientific Names

Chionanthus virginicus L. Oleaceae Olive family

Common Names

Gray beard tree
Old man’s beard
Poison ash
Snowdrop tree
White fringe
Back to Top

Parts Usually Used

Root bark, trunk bark
Back to Top

Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Fringe tree reaches 8-25 feet in height; the leaves are opposite, smooth, and oblong to oval in shape, grow 8 inches long. In May and June, when the leaves are only partially developed, the fragrant, slender-petaled, white flowers, from whose fringe-like petals the tree derives its name, appear in dense, drooping, panicles. The fruit is an oval, purple drupe, resemble small olives.

Other varieties: Leaves of the Chinese species (C. retusus) have been used in Asia as a tea substitute.
Back to Top

Where Found

Grows in the middle and southern United States and in New England. Cultivated in parks and gardens, dry slopes, and occurs wild along riverbanks and on higher ground. New Jersey to Florida; Texas, eastern Oklahoma, north to Missouri, southern Ohio.
Back to Top

Medicinal Properties

Alterative, aperient, cholagogue, diuretic, febrifuge, hepatic, laxative, tonic
Back to Top

Biochemical Information

Glycoside phyllirine, saponin
Back to Top

Legends, Myths and Stories

Native Americans and early colonists were familiar with fringe tree’s healing virtues. Migraine sufferers were amazed at the results of treatment.
Back to Top


Bark tea reduces fevers, relieves dyspepsia, and is beneficial for kidneys and liver inflammations including liver cirrhosis, acts as a cathartic, jaundice, gallstones, stimulates bile secretion, treats hepatitis, colic, headache, migraines, malaria, and used as a tonic. The bark made into a poultice is used externally on wounds, sores, infections, and skin irritations.
Back to Top

Formulas or Dosages

Decoction: boil 1 tsp. bark in 1 cup water. Take 1 cup per day.

Tincture: take 7-10 drops in water, as indicated.

Physicians formerly used 10 drops every 3 hours, of tincture for jaundice. Prepare tincture: 1 part bark by weight in 5 parts 50% grain alcohol (not rubbing alcohol which is poisonous if taken internally) and water.
Back to Top


Overdose may cause vomiting, frontal headaches, slow pulse.
Back to Top


, by Clarence Meyer, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, 1973

, by Jethro Kloss; Back to Eden Publishing Co., Loma Linda, CA 92354, Original copyright 1939, revised edition 1994

, by Penelope Ody, Dorling Kindersley, Inc, 232 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016, First American Edition, copyright 1993

, by Steven Foster and James A. Duke., Houghton Mifflin Company, 215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10000

, by Clarence Meyer, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, copyright 1988, fifth printing, 1994

, by John Lust, Bantam Books, 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. copyright 1974.

, by Alma R. Hutchens, Shambala Publications, Inc., Horticultural Hall, 300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, 1973

, by Richard Lucas, Parker Publishing Co. (1988).

, by Michael Tierra, C.A., N.D., O.M.D., Lotus Press, PO Box 325, Twin Lakes. WI 53181., Copyright 1988, published 1992

, Third College Edition, Victoria Neufeldt, Editor in Chief, New World Dictionaries: A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 15 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023, 1984

Back to Top

Tags: , , , , , ,

Category: Herbs

About the Author (Author Profile)

Holle everybody welcome to the acupunctureschoolonline.com. My name is Mo, I hope discuss about acupuncture with everybody! Hope you can find what you want in my website.If you have questions , please click here --Our A&Q system.http://ask.acupunctureschoolonline.com

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.