Japanese tree lilac Oleaceae Syringa
reticulata (Blume) H. Hara
|Leaf: Opposite, simple, elliptical to broadly ovate, entire, 2 to 4 inches long, dull, dark green above, lighter below with occasional slight pubescence.
Flower: Very showy, white, clustered in 4 to 12 inch terminal panicles (almost equal width), appearing in late spring or early summer.
Fruit: Brown capsule 1/2 to 1 long, curved, dehiscent, borne in loose clusters.
Twig: Stout, shiny brown, clearly defined horizontal lenticels, glabrous; buds are large, ovate, orange-brown scales.
Bark: Cherry-like, reddish brown to brown on young and old stems, horizontal lenticels remain prominent.
Form: An upright, small tree to 30 feet in height, rounded to oval crown.
Looks like: late lilac
- common lilac
| Additional Range Information:
Syringa reticulata is planted in the USDA
hardiness zones shown above and is not known to widely escape
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson