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Manchurian Lilac Syringa reticulata subsp. amurensis

Other Common Name(s):

Other plants called Manchurian Lilac:

Previously known as:

  • Syringa amurensis
  • Syringa reticulata var. longifolia
  • Syringa reticulata var. mandschurica
Phonetic Spelling
si-RING-gah reh-tick-yoo-LAY-tuh am-or-EN-sis
Description

Amur lilac can be grown either as a large shrub or a small tree. It has a glossy bark that peels on younger branches. It is highly similar to the Japanese Tree Lilac (Syringa reticulata subsp. reticulata) but the bark of the Japanese Tree Lilac is slightly more reddish and a darker brown. Amur lilac is also more rounded and broader than Japanese Tree Lilac, which is larger and has a more tree-like habit.

Although adaptable to soil ph, it prefers soil in a neutral range, slightly acidic to slightly alkaline. Best flower production, as well as disease resistance, is achieved by planting it in full sun, with well-drained soil and good air circulation. It blooms in late spring to early summer.

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Tags:
#hummingbirds#arching#sun#small tree#fragrant flowers#interesting bark#white flowers#partial sun#low maintenance#spring flowers#hedges#moist soil#well-drained soil#multistemmed#large shrub#neutral ph#summer flowers#flowering shrub#deer resistant#foundation planting#cold hardy#acidic soil tolerant#alkaline soil tolerant#screening#asian garden#mildew resistant#exfoliating bark#urban conditions tolerant#clay soils tolerant#dry soils tolerant#patio#butterfly friendly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Syringa
    Species:
    reticulata
    Family:
    Oleaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    The bark, trunks, and branches are used to make an antiphlogistic drug and diuretic. The flowers are used in the making of perfumes.
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Siberia to Korea, Manchuria, Northeast China
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Fragrance
    Screening
    Dimensions:
    Height: 6 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 4 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Multi-stemmed
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil pH:
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    6-feet-12 feet
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3b, 3a, 4b, 4a, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Winter
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    loose clusters of brown capsules, blunt at apex, persist into winter
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Good Cut
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Cross
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Smooth
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Insignificant
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Oblanceolate
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Broadly ovate, elliptic-ovate to oblong-lanceolate, acuminate green leaves (to 2-4" long). Glabrous above. Large petiole (1-2cm), veins slightly sunk.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Light Brown
    Red/Burgundy
    Surface/Attachment:
    Exfoliating
    Lenticels
    Bark Description:
    Older bark exfoliates to the chestnut-brown inner bark. Prominently lenticellate.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Meadow
    Patio
    Walkways
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Asian Garden
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Screen/Privacy
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Compaction
    Dry Soil
    Urban Conditions