- Designer Favorite
- Cold Hardy to Zone 3 (that’s cold!)
- Blooms When Other Flowering Plants Are Not in Bloom
- Massive Flower Display of Creamy White, Fragrant Flowers
- Easy Care
- Use as a Multi-Trunk Small Tree or Large Shrub
- Showy, Reddish-Brown Bark Delivers Winter Interest
- Tolerant of Urban Conditions and Road Salt
Wise landscape designers plan for bloom throughout the whole growing season. The best thing about Japanese Lilac Trees (Syringa reticulata) is they start blooming at a time when all of the spring-flowering shrubs and trees are done blooming. This is the last Lilac to bloom, and it’s a must-have in your landscape.
Designers use these trees in commercial landscapes and streetscapes in Zones 3-7. This hardy tree explodes into massive blooms in very late spring or early summer. It’s reliable, easy care and urban tolerant.
It does a magnificent job bridging the gap between the hustle bustle of early spring of blooms and the start of the colorful summer flower show. It doesn’t just bring flower power, either.
You’ll welcome the sweet floral perfume for your garden, too. Green buds cover the branch tips across the tree, and look like beautiful Limelight Hydrangea blooms. They’ll eventually open to huge, creamy white flowers that are borne on clusters up to a foot long. They have a sweet, Lilac fragrance.
Unlike so many of the spring bloomers, the flowers and leaves are on the tree at the same time. This gives a beautiful and exotic look to your garden.
Add this big, beautiful, bountiful and fragrant Lilac variety to your yard. You’ll love the way it bursts into action in early summer.
Just consider the Japanese Lilac Tree a fabulous backdrop to graduation parties, early summer weddings and receptions, Memorial Day get-togethers and first-of-the-season barbecues!
Designers like small trees that work in several seasons. With its dark green leaves, the Japanese Lilac Tree delivers nice shade through the summer. In winter, the textured, reddish-brown bark is a show in its own right.
Japanese Lilac Trees are large, robust, and are the latest blooming variety of the Lilac family. Those in warmer climates without cool summers are so jealous of this plant.
Don’t miss your chance to showcase this incredible flower display in your landscape.
How to Use Japanese Tree Lilac in the Landscape
As you might have guessed, landscape designers prefer plants that are versatile. This is another area where Japanese Lilac Tree really delivers. It can be used as either a multi-trunk tree or allowed to grow into a large shrub.
It’s wonderful placed near a seating area where you can see and smell the flowers up close. However, it also is incredibly showy when seen at a distance.
These super hardy plants are prized for use in urban landscapes. They work beautifully as street trees, or along sidewalks and patios. Urban planners include them in median strips and roadways because they are tolerant of road salt.
Lower branches can be trimmed up to show off the lovely main trunks. Doing so creates a beautiful, tree-form focal point. Japanese Lilac Trees make fantastic specimen plants for a patio, courtyard or high-profile area.
Use one as an anchor in a foundation planting at the corner of your house or a commercial building. They can be added to mixed borders and windbreaks as an eye-catching, fragrant tree that improves the view from your house. They can even be used under utility wires.
Or, you can choose to leave the lower branches on to develop a large shrub. Use multiple plants along your driveway or running the length of the back of your property.
You’ll easily extend the height of hard landscaped fencing in order to screen neighbors and boost privacy. They’ll create a lovely backdrop to your mixed borders as an informal hedge.
To create a privacy screen, plant a hedge 4-6 feet apart. You’ll measure from trunk to trunk. This is known as planting “on center”. For the fastest solid screen, buy the largest container size we have in stock, and plant 4 feet apart.
We also sell a single stem tree. This variety is called ‘Ivory Silk’. Both are beautiful, useful, fragrant plants.
Tips for Care
For the best floral display, plant the Japanese Lilac Tree in well-drained soil where it will get plenty of sun. The soil must be well-drained. It will grow in clay soils if they drain quickly after rain.
If there is a suspected issue with drainage, add more dirt in a mound 18 – 24 inches above your native soil line. You’ll plant directly in that mound.
Give the tree moderate, regular moisture – especially during the flower production time. After the roots are established in your soil, the trees can tolerate occasional dry soils. However, you’ll need to provide supplemental water during extended periods of drought to keep your plants stress free.
For the best flowering, size up to the largest container size we have. Lilacs will not make flowers until they have 3-year-old wood, so please have a little patience if you buy one of our younger plants.
Too much shade can eliminate flowering. Please plant in full sun for the best bloom.
As with all Lilacs, pruning is best done right after the flowers are done blooming. If you are pruning at other times of the year, you will be removing the flower buds for the next season.
Keep high-nitrogen lawn fertilizers away from your tree, as they can eliminate flower bud production. This is especially true if the plants are in or near lawn areas. Mulch around lawn trees to avoid this.
You’ll easily fall in love with Japanese Lilac Trees, just like garden designers across the country!