The Japanese tree lilac is native to Northern Japan and is hardy in the United States to zone 3. I will warn those of you who live in the warmer climates that it does not do well in zones 8 or higher because it definitely likes the cooler weather.
It has stiff, spreading branches and a nice rounded crown. Japanese tree lilacs grow only 20 to 30 feet tall and 15 to 25 feet wide.
The flowers have an off-white color, but are extremely fragrant. They are borne in panicles that almost a foot long and up to 10" wide, showy, and bloom in early June. The key is that this plant flowers profusely when established, so much so that it looks as though there are white clouds around the tree. You can leave the fruit capsules on the plant for winter interest.
The bark is very ornamental, resembling that of a cherry tree with its lenticels and glossy brown appearance. All too often we forget about winter interest from plants, but this tree will definitely have a nice appearance and interest in the winter.
Japanese tree lilacs prefer full sun and a well-drained, slightly acidic soil. It transplants easily from containers or Balled and Burlap. This plant is receiving notoriety lately as a street tree due to its ability to remain a manageable tree, dark green foliage, and profusion of flowers. It is somewhat resistant to mildew, scales and borers that normally affect regular lilacs.
10 seeds $2.95
The seeds on this page must be cold stratified, we recommend using the Seedman Cold Stratification Kit
for the best results. This is how we germinate these seeds in our own greenhouses. We find we receive significantly better
germination results when we use our cold stratification media over other types, plus it is very simple and easy to use.
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