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Japanese Tree Lilac Syringa reticulata

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si-RING-a re-tik-u-LA-ta
Description

Cast medium shade; shiny cherry-like bark; vigorous.  It has a Christmas tree shape, wider at the base and narrower at the top.   It is highly adaptable to soil pH and types but needs full sun.   Plant it as a specimen, street tree, in small groups, or in a border.  An upright shrub with a stiff habit, spreading branches with an oval to rounded crown.

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#deciduous#fragrant flowers#interesting bark#specimen#low maintenance#flowering tree#air pollution tolerant#street tree#borders#small groups#clay soil tolerant#compaction tolerant#mildew resistant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#deciduous#fragrant flowers#interesting bark#specimen#low maintenance#flowering tree#air pollution tolerant#street tree#borders#small groups#clay soil tolerant#compaction tolerant#mildew resistant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Syringa
    Species:
    reticulata
    Family:
    Oleaceae
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Russia, China, Japan
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    High resistance to mildew, borers.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 20 ft. 0 in. - 30 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 15 ft. 0 in. - 20 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Pyramidal
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Size:
    > 6 inches
    Flower Description:
    Terminal panicles 6"-10" long of showy fragrant white flowers in June.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    2-6" leaves. Non-showy in fall
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Red/Burgundy
    Surface/Attachment:
    Smooth
    Bark Description:
    Shiny smooth red-brown bark with horizontal lenticles.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Flowering Tree
    Small groups
    Street Tree
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Compaction
    Pollution