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Syringa reticulata subsp. pekinensis 'Beijing Gold' (Pekin Lilac)

Pekin Lilac 'Beijing Gold', Chinese Tree Lilac 'Beijing Gold', Syringa pekinensis 'Beijing Gold', Pekin Lilac 'Zhang Zhiming', Chinese Tree Lilac 'Zhang Zhiming', Syringa pekinensis 'Zhang Zhiming'


Syringa reticulata subsp. pekinensis 'Beijing Gold' (Pekin Lilac) is a very floriferous deciduous tree of graceful, upright habit with multiple seasons of interest. In early summer, a profusion of fragrant heads of tiny primrose-yellow flowers cover the tree in wonderful clusters. The blossoms give way to grass green fruits that turn a nice tan color and persist well into the winter months. The erect, fine branches are clothed in deep green, semi-glossy leaves that remain attractive in summer and turns eye-catching golden-yellow in fall. As the tree ages, its most terrific feature is its pretty cinnamon-colored exfoliating bark, which is amazingly attractive against winter now. Tolerant of drought, extreme cold and deicing salts, this is a strikingly ornamental tree for the landscape.

  • Grows up to 20 ft. tall (6 m) and 15 ft. wide (4.5 m).
  • A full sun lover, this plant is easily grown in moist, well-drained soils. Tolerates light shade, but the best flower production occurs in full sun. Drought and salt tolerant.
  • No serious insect or disease problems. This tree shows resistance to bacterial blight, powdery mildew, scale insects and lilac borers.
  • Attracts butterflies, hummingbirds and insect pollinators.
  • Perfect as a specimen and for foundation plantings.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 7
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Syringa - Lilacs
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early)
Fall
Winter
Height 15' – 20' (4.5m – 6m)
Spread 13' – 15' (3.9m – 4.5m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Salt
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 7
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Syringa - Lilacs
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early)
Fall
Winter
Height 15' – 20' (4.5m – 6m)
Spread 13' – 15' (3.9m – 4.5m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Salt
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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