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Syringa reticulata subsp. pekinensis 'China Snow' (Pekin Lilac)

Pekin Lilac 'China Snow', Chinese Tree Lilac 'China Snow', Syringa pekinensis 'China Snow', Pekin Lilac 'Morton', Chinese Tree Lilac 'Morton', Syringa pekinensis 'Morton'


Hardy and beautiful, award-winning Syringa reticulata subsp. pekinensis 'China Snow' (Pekin Lilac) is a very floriferous deciduous tree of graceful, upright-rounded habit with multiple seasons of interest. In early summer, a profusion of fragrant heads of tiny creamy white 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, open branches are clothed in deep green, semi-glossy leaves that remain attractive in summer. 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.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows up to 20-30 ft. tall (6-9 m) and 15-25 ft. wide (4.5-7.5 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 5 – 7
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Syringa - Lilacs
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early)
Winter
Height 20' – 30' (6m – 9m)
Spread 15' – 25' (4.5m – 7.5m)
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, Plant of Merit, 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 5 – 7
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Syringa - Lilacs
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early)
Winter
Height 20' – 30' (6m – 9m)
Spread 15' – 25' (4.5m – 7.5m)
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, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Salt
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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