University of Illinois Extension
University of Illinois Extension - Selecting Trees for Your Home
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Japanese Tree Lilac
Syringa reticulata
Japanese Tree Lilac in flower
Size:
Size: small
Small

Medium

Large
Exposure/ Light Requirements:
Full Shade not required.
Full Shade
Full Sun required.
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade not required.
Partial Sun/Shade
Hardiness Zone: 3 - 7 
[Find Your Zone]
Mature Height: 15-25 Feet
Features: Large clusters of creamy white flowers in early summer; bark similar to that of cherry trees (shiny with long horizontal lines).
Culture: Full sun; moist, well drained, slightly acid soil.
Cultivars:
  • 'Ivory Silk'- flowers heavily and at a young age.
  • 'Summer Snow'- rounded habit and heavy flowering.
Mature Form: Oval to rounded
Native To: Asia
Soil Conditions:
Dry
Soil condition: Moist, Well-DrainedMoist, Well-Drained
Wet
Tolerance:
Alkaline Soil
Dry Sites
Salt
Soil Compaction
Wet Sites
Tolerance: WindWind
Uses:
Use for: Massing.Massing
Use for: Patio.Patio
Screen
Shade
Use for: Specimen.Specimen
Use for: Street.Street
Wind Break
Foliage Color: Green
 
Fall Foliage Color: Green
 
Additional Notes: Flowers are fragrant, but the fragrance can be considered musky or unpleasant.

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