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Lottah Nursery, Australia
SYRINGA reticulata ssp. pekinensis
Showy cloud-like clusters of fragrant ivory blossoms cover this hardy and highly variable Chinese native long after most other lilacs have bloomed. Whether grown as a rounded multi-stemmed large shrub or as a single-trunked small tree, it offers ornamental interest at all seasons, thanks to its glossy peeling golden-brown bark. The large paired clusters of tiny creamy-white flowers develop at the branch tips in late spring or early summer. They are privet-scented: sweet but with an undertone of cut grass or leaf clippings. The narrowly oval, dark green, deciduous leaves usually do not color in fall.
Grow Peking lilac 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, it is most regal trained as a round-crowned tree. Several cultivars are available, selected for their superior bloom, form, and foliage. Look for Beijing Gold™, with creamy yellow flowers and yellow fall color, and China Snow®, with profuse white flower clusters and amber bark.
7 - 1
3 - 8
A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16
15'-30' / 4.6m - 9.1m
10'-20' / 3.0m - 6.1m
Late Spring, Early Summer
Pollution, Drought, Soil Compaction
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
White, Light Yellow, Ivory
Green, Light Green
Yellow, Dark Green, Yellow Green
Copper, Bronze, Sandy Brown
Feature Plant, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Shade Trees, Street Trees
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