Chinese fringetree (Chionanthus retusus), is a flowering plant in the family Oleaceae. It is native to eastern Asia: eastern and central China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. It is a deciduous shrub or small to medium-sized tree growing to 70 ft in height, with thick, fissured bark. The leaves are 1–5 in long and 0.8–2.6 in broad, simple ovate to oblong-elliptic, with a hairy, long petiole. The flowers are white, produced in panicles and the fruit is a blue-black drupe. It is cultivated in Europe and North America as an ornamental tree, valued for its feathery white flowerheads.

Pictures above taken at Old Town in March 2021