Reviewed on 6/11/2021
Other Name(s):

Arbre à Fleurs de Neige, Arbre à Franges, Arbre à Neige, Arbre de Neige, Arbre à Nieve, Chionanthe de Virginie, Chionanthus virginicus, Cionanto, Cionanto de Virginia, Gray Beard Tree, Old Man's Beard, Poison Ash, Snowdrop Tree, Snowflower, White Fringe.


Fringetree is a small tree or shrub. The dried root and bark are used to make medicine.

People take fringetree for liver and gallbladder disorders, including gallstones. They also take it to stimulate bile flow, relieve fluid retention, and as a tonic.

How does it work?

There isn’t enough information available to know how fringetree works.


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Uses & Effectiveness

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Liver problems.
  • Gallstones.
  • Water retention.
  • Stimulating bile flow.
  • As a tonic.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of fringetree for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

Side Effects

There isn’t enough information to know if fringetree is safe. It has a very bitter taste.


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Special Precautions & Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of fringetree during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.


The appropriate dose of fringetree depends on several factors such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for fringetree. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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