The Nature Foundation’s summer intern, Carter Stanton, has been awarded the Virginia Native Plant Society grant to study the fringetree.
Fringetree is gorgeous when it blooms, and a lovely small tree the rest of the year. However, it is generally considered difficult to propagate; cuttings don’t root easily and seeds take multiple seasons to germinate. Developing more reliable propagation techniques will make it more widely available in native plant landscaping. In addition, it is related to ash, and we don’t know yet how it will be impacted by Emerald Ash Borer. The ability to propagate hardy and resistant trees is potentially very important right now for fringetree. A graduate student of mine, Carter Stanton, will be working at The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen’s propagation greenhouse this summer to test a variety of techniques, and Carter will also be monitoring fringetree in the wild for Emerald Ash Borer damage.
Janet Steven, Associate Professor Department of Organismal & Environmental Biology, Christopher Newport University