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Pekin Lilac

Syringa pekinensis

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Pekin Lilac (Syringa pekinensis) at Peck's Green Thumb Nursery

Pekin Lilac

Pekin Lilac

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Pekin Lilac (Syringa pekinensis) at Peck's Green Thumb Nursery

Pekin Lilac bark

Pekin Lilac bark

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  25 feet

Spread:  25 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3

Description:

A small tree or large shrub; can be grown as single trunk or multi stemmed tree; beautiful late spring yellowish white flowers tower above the leaves; bark is coppery, shiny, and peeling; a finer textured tree than the Japanese tree lilac

Ornamental Features

Pekin Lilac features showy plumes of fragrant creamy white flowers rising above the foliage from late spring to early summer. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The peeling coppery-bronze bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Pekin Lilac is a multi-stemmed deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Pekin Lilac is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Pekin Lilac will grow to be about 25 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 25 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 5 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Shade 
Applications
Flowers  Bark  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

This Plant Finder tool is an online catalog representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact the store directly for availability. It does not include our entire inventory of plants, so be sure to visit our store to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.