Syringa reticulata

Japanese Tree Lilac

Tips for Homeowners:

Prune as needed after flowering.

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This is an excellent, relatively trouble-free ornamental tree for the landscape.

  • Oval to round form
  • Fragrant, white flowers
  • Dark green leaves

Tree form is ideal for a large yard or street; shrub form is good for shrub borders or as a hedge.

Height: 20-30 ft
Spread: 15-20 ft
Zone: 3-7
Color: White

Interesting Notes about Japanese Tree Lilac:

Lilacs are primarily popular for their fragrance and flowers in the spring.  The flowers are beautiful in bouquets and hummingbirds and butterflies enjoy them too, plus for many the lilac is the official sign of spring.  The lilac tree is a tough plant surviving on neglect, but if grown in a fertile, well-drained soil, pruned properly and given good air circulation the tree will be a lasting beauty in the landscape.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Low Maintenance
  • Specimen
  • Border or Bed
  • Fragrant
  • Cut Flower/ Foliage

Foliage Color:

  • Green


  • Full Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Humming-birds
  • Attracts Butterflies

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Spring
  • Summer

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water