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Lilac, Chinese Tree or Peking Lilac

Syringa reticulata subsp. pekinensis

Oleaceae - Olive

Description

Leaves: Opposite; simple; broad ovate to ovate; 2" to 4" long; deciduous; entire margin; dark green above; gray-green beneath and glabrous; petiole 1/2" to 1" long; yellow to brown fall color.

Twigs/buds: Twigs thinner than for Japanese tree lilac (JTL); glossy; glabrous; brown.  Often with no terminal bud; lateral buds round with 4 sets of scales, brown.

Flowers/fruit: Flowers perfect; creamy white; held in 6" to 12" long panicles that bloom in early June.  Fruit a capsule; curved; 3/4" long; warty; brown.

Bark: With horizontal lenticels like JTL, but bronze or copper color and peeling off in sheets; very attractive.

Wood: No information available.

General: Native of northern China.  Small tree.  Shade intolerant.  A subspecies of Syringa reticulata, though once considered a separate species Syringa pekinensis.

Landscape Use: An outstanding small-sized tree known for its beautiful flowers and also its attractive, peeling bark. Often multi-stemmed.  Should be fairly tough, like other lilacs, and relatively insect and disease free; tolerates high pH soils.  This tree should be planted more in Utah, and actually lately it seems like it is being planted maybe more than JTL.  Zones 3-8.

Cultivars: 'Copper Curls', 'China Snow', 'Beijing Gold', 'Pendula', Yellow Fragrance'.

 

Characteristics

General

Family:
Oleaceae - Olive
Cultivar Availability:
Yes
Hardiness Zone:
3-8
Type:
Broadleaf
Utah Native:
No

Growth

Growth Rate:
Low
Mature Height:
Low
Longevity:
High
Is Good Under Power Lines:
Yes
Crown Shape:
Oval

Ornamental

Bark:
Yes
Fall Color:
No
Flowers:
Yes
Foliage:
No
Fruit:
No

Tolerence

Shade:
Low
Salt:
High
Drought:
Medium
Poor Drainage:
Medium
Alkalinity:
High
Transplanting:
Medium