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Cultural Details for Syringa reticulata

Common Name:
Japanese Tree Lilac

Growth Rate:
medium 9-12' over 6-8 years

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
creamy, fragrant, borne in large terminal 6-12" long and 6-10" wide panicles

Fruit Details:
warty, glabrous, scimitar-shaped, dehiscent 0.75" long capsule, blunt at apex

Fall Color:
no good color

Bark Details:
cherry-like reddish brown to brownish, prominent horizontal lenticels

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
bacterial blight, phytopthora blight, leaf blights and spots, powdery mildew, wilt and other pathological problems; also borers, miners and scales

Native Habitat:
Northern Japan introduced 1876

Other Features:

Culture and Care:
easy to transplant; loose, well drained, slightly acid soil; full sun for best flowering

This plant was blooming:
5/19/2010 - 6/3/2010

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.