Japanese Tree Lilac - low branch multi stem Tree
Japanese Tree Lilac - low branch multi stem Leaf
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Japanese Tree Lilac - low branch multi stem Tree
Japanese Tree Lilac - low branch multi stem Leaf
Japanese Tree Lilac - low branch multi stem Additional Product Shot 226
Japanese Tree Lilac - low branch multi stem Additional Product Shot 924
Japanese Tree Lilac - low branch multi stem Additional Product Shot 1027

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-7
  • Spacing: 15-20'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Japanese Tree Lilac - low branch multi stem
Syringa reticulata

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In late spring or early summer, when the Redbuds, Cherries, and Crabapples are done blooming and you wish there were some more flowering trees to brighten your landscape, Japanese Tree Lilac comes to the rescue. This beautiful but tough ornamental tree will impress you with its fluffy plumes of ivory-white flowers that can measure as much as a foot long and give off a syrupy-sweet scent. The blossoms will draw hummingbirds, butterflies, honeybees, and all sorts of grateful pollinators to your yard. This is the first tree to leaf out in spring, so it will give you a good, long period of coverage when used as a privacy screen, too!

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-7
  • Spacing: 15-20'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

The Story

William Smith Clark was an early crusader for the education of young farmers.  His Massachusetts Agricultural College (now UMass-Amherst) opened in 1867 with 34 students, each paying $36 in tuition.  The school struggled for years.  Back then, it was easier for farmers to start fresh in the West than to revive worn-out land in the East with innovative farming methods.  The Japanese, however, invited him to start an agricultural school in Sapporo.  While in Japan in 1876, Dr. Clark encountered Tree Lilacs, and sent seed back home to the States.

The Details

This drought tolerant Japanese Tree Lilac is one unique specimen everyone should have in their garden - especially you! Dark green leaves appear in early spring followed by very large fragrant off-white flower clusters in early summer. You could be the talk of the neighborhood with this nifty number in your yard!

How to Grow

The Japanese Tree Lilac is so tough that it is often used as a street tree in challenging urban environments.  It withstands drought and winter temperatures down to -40°F.  It’s not 100% problem-free (what plant is?), but the borers, scale, and powdery mildew that attack Common Lilac shrubs are much less apt to bother this species.  The blooms fade to tan as they age, so you may want to trim them off.  Tree expert Michael Dirr says of this plant:  “a long pole pruner does wonders for the tree’s appearance.”

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 3
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 7
Exposure Full Sun
Avg Mature Height 25'
Avg Mature Width 20'
Spacing 15-20'
Growth Rate Medium
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Yellow/Purple
Flower Color White
Flower Time Early Summer
Cary Award Winner Yes
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark Yes
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies Yes
Attracts Hummingbirds Yes
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils Yes
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant Yes
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak Yes
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore Yes
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions Yes
Utility Line Trees Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

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Scale

Size: A

Size A

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Size A Trees:

4-5' tall. Grown as a multi-stemmed tree in our #7 tree container with very heavy caliper on each main branch. Unique form.

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Japanese Tree Lilac - low branch multi stem Tree
Japanese Tree Lilac - low branch multi stem Leaf
Japanese Tree Lilac - low branch multi stem Additional Product Shot 226
Japanese Tree Lilac - low branch multi stem Additional Product Shot 924
Japanese Tree Lilac - low branch multi stem Additional Product Shot 1027