flowering japanese lilac tree arboradvisor of colorado
japanese lilac tree arboradvisor of colorado
japanese lilac tree arboradvisor of colorado
japanese lilac tree arboradvisor of colorado

Japanese Lilac

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Syringa reticulata

Just as most flowering trees are beginning to fade, the Japanese Lilac tree blooms with fragrant-smelling, showy flowers. 

The Japanese Lilac is typically planted as a multi-stemmed shrubby tree but can be formed into a taller single trunked tree over time if so desired. It is famous for its fragrant, creamy-white panicles of flowers and long bloom time in the summer. Unlike many of its peers, the Japanese Lilac's flowers and leaves are on the tree at the same time. This gives a beautiful and exotic look to your garden.  Its rigid branches form a small tree or large shrub. Deep green leaves turn a golden yellow in fall.

This tree can be used in commercial landscapes and streetscapes as it is a very hardy tree. For the best floral display, plant the Japanese Lilac where it will get plenty of sun. The Japanese Lilac has textured and striped, cherry tree-like bark that looks great even during the winter. It is a slow growing tree and needs moderate watering, especially when young. A great tree for planting under power lines.

Mature Height: 15-20 feet, Mature Width: 10-15 feet
Hardy to -30°F
Maximum Elevation: 7,000 Feet