Fringetree or Old Man's Beard is a beautiful, small tree when it is in full Spring bloom. It can grow nearly anywhere in the continental United States and is native to the lower eastern U.S. and coastal states to New York. It's white flower color kicks in just as the dogwood blooms are fading.
Although fringetree does well in shade, it never attains its full potential for height and diameter growth without full sunlight. An open-grown fringetree at George Washington's Mount Vernon in Virginia has attained a near record at 32 feet tall with a trunk of 17 inches in diameter.
Wild Fringetree in Alabama - Photo by Steve Nix, Licensed to About.com