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SYRINGA reticulata 'Ivory Silk'
Ivory Silk Tree Lilac, Tree Lilac
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Prolific cloud-like clusters of fragrant ivory blossoms cover this hardy East Asian native long after most other lilacs have bloomed. Whether grown as a rounded multi-stemmed large shrub or as a small single-trunked small tree, it offers ornamental interest at all seasons, thanks to its glossy dark brown cherry-like bark. The large clusters of tiny creamy-white flowers develop at the branch tips in late spring or early summer, even when the plant is young. Blossoms are privet-scented: sweet but with an undertone of cut grass or leaf clippings. The large rounded deciduous leaves are dark green with paler undersides, and do not color in fall.
Grow 'Ivory Silk' in ample sun to ensure dense sturdy growth and copious bloom. It does not excel in hot summers. It is best in fertile, non-alkaline, well-drained soil, but adapts to many situations. Although a beautiful large shrub for the back of a border or for an informal hedge or screen, tree lilac is most regal trained as a small round-crowned tree in a boarder or softening the corner of house foundation.
7 - 3
3 - 8
A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16
10'-13' / 3.0m - 4.0m
6'-9' / 1.8m - 2.7m
Late Spring, Early Summer
Pollution, Drought, Soil Compaction
Green, Light Green
Dark Green, Light Yellow, Yellow Green
Cutflower, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break
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