Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
James H. Schutte
Showy cloud-like clusters of fragrant ivory blossoms cover this hardy and highly variable East Asian 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 dark brown cherry-like bark. The large 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 large rounded deciduous leaves are dark green with paler undersides, and do not color in fall.
Grow tree 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, tree lilac is most regal trained as a round-crowned tree. Several cultivars are available, selected for their superior bloom, form, and foliage. Popular smaller sized varieties include 'Ivory Silk' and 'Summer Snow'. Subspecies pekinensis is a large shrub or small tree with handsome peeling golden-brown bark and abundant white or creamy-yellow flowers.
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
Green, Light Green
Dark Green, Yellow Green
Bronze, Brown, Chocolate, Gray
Feature Plant, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Shade Trees, Street Trees
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