42 Japanese Tree Lilac

Young, newly planted Japanese Tree Lilac with late summer green foliage.Facts About Japanese Tree Lilac

Syringa reticulata

Native to: Japan
Crown: Rounded
Height: 20 - 30 feet
Width: 15 - 20 feet
Growth Rate: Moderate

Characteristics: White flower clusters up to 1' long that appear in later spring or early summer are not fragrant. The Tree Lilac prefers slightly acidic soil and it transplants easily.

Negative Features: Low branching and multi-stemmed habit requires regular pruning to develop tree form and maintain an 8'-10' high canopy suitable for street tree use. Poor drought tolerance. Scale and stem-borers may cause problems. May be bothered by powdery mildew.

Uses: Good for underneath wires, cul-de-sacs, and tight situations where there is little room on arterial, collector, and residential streets. Best used in limited quantity. Good for entry features and highlights. This is a good choice when a shorter tree is necessary in order not to obscure a view.

Comments: Japanese Tree Lilac develops slowly when it is young. It is a good, small tree that is seldom planted. Best planted from stock that has the roots balled in soil and wrapped with burlap.

Engraved stone sign for Japanese Tree Lilac, Syringa reticulata.
Lush green, and some autumn red leaves from the Japanese Tree Lilac.
Graphic of a golden, smiling sun.
Graphic of planter dimension for 4 ft.
Graphic displaying whether tree height will work with existing utility lines.