Name: Japanese Tree Lilac (Syringa reticulata)

Location: Heintz Center SMART Gardens

Beautiful, fragrant, creamy-white flowers bloom in large showy panicles in June. Native to northern Japan, the Japanese tree lilac is an excellent specimen tree, either single trunk or multi-trunk. It is resistant to mildew, scale, and borer making it the toughest and most trouble-free lilac. The bark of this tree is reddish-brown with prominent lenticels giving it a cherry-like appearance. Reaching 20 to 30 feet at maturity the arching branches of a Japanese Tree lilac give the tree a graceful appearance. Lilacs are adaptable to a wide variety of soils as long as the soil is well drained. Plant lilacs in full sun for best flowering and prune after flowering. The genus name Syringa is from the Greek word syrinx meaning pipe and refers to the hollow stems.

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