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Similar but less problematic plants:
Acer platanoides Acer platanoides
Syringa reticulata is often confused with:
Syringa vulgaris Syringa vulgaris 'Congo'
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Syringa reticulata subsp. amurensis
Syringa reticulata subsp. reticulata Syringa reticulata
Viola sororia Viola papilionacea

Syringa reticulata

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
si-RING-gah reh-tick-yoo-LAY-tuh
Description

Japanese Tree Lilac is a small flowering tree or large shrub in the olive family.  Plant in full sun in organically rich well-drained acidic soils.  It will tolerate heavy clay soils and urban conditions along with browsing by deer.  Its showy fragrant blooms attract hummingbirds and butterflies and this plant can be used as a street tree, a large hedge or specimen in the landscape.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#hummingbirds#showy flowers#small tree#fragrant flowers#interesting bark#specimen#white flowers#wildlife plant#nectar plant#flowering tree#hedges#summer flowers#deer resistant#foundation planting#borders#screening#early summer flowers#exfoliating bark#small group plantings#clay soils tolerant#patio tree#butterfly friendly#decks
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#hummingbirds#showy flowers#small tree#fragrant flowers#interesting bark#specimen#white flowers#wildlife plant#nectar plant#flowering tree#hedges#summer flowers#deer resistant#foundation planting#borders#screening#early summer flowers#exfoliating bark#small group plantings#clay soils tolerant#patio tree#butterfly friendly#decks
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Syringa
    Species:
    reticulata
    Family:
    Oleaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies.
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Powdery mildew, borers, scale
    Dimensions:
    Height: 20 ft. 0 in. - 30 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 15 ft. 0 in. - 20 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Tree
    Habit/Form:
    Oval
    Rounded
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    12-24 feet
    24-60 feet
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Winter
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    Brown capsules remain on the plant through the winter
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Creamy white fragrant flowers on upright panicles in early summer. The flowers smell like privet.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Dark green simple laceolate to ovate leaves
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Dark Gray
    Red/Burgundy
    Surface/Attachment:
    Peeling
    Bark Description:
    Red-brown peeling bark turns gray with age
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Pith (Split Longitudinally):
    Spongy
    Stem Description:
    Pith filled easily hollowed out stems
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Patio
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Flowering Tree
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Small groups
    Small Tree
    Specimen
    Street Tree
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer