Three native fringetrees (Chionanthus virginicus, below) are particular favorites, though two have been enveloped by redbuds so that only uppermost branches are seen. Over the years, I’ve not considered the related Chinese fringetree (Chionanthus retusus) because why, when the native is exceptional, and anyway, where could it be fit in?
In recent years, there has been no space for another tree, and the plan was for one of the handful of small Japanese maples growing in pots on the patios to fill some future opening that is only a summer squall away. (As a side note, my wife informs me that no additional trees in pots will be permitted.)
But, the space consideration was changed when two dogwoods in the lower garden failed in damp ground due to nearly doubled rainfall over the past year. And then, a bushy, seven foot tall Chinese fringetree (above) became available, so what the heck? The Japanese maples are at least a year away from being large enough, and I (like nature) abhor a void.