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PlantFiles: Pekin Lilac
Syringa pekinensis 'China Snow'

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Family: Oleaceae (oh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Syringa (si-RING-gah) (Info)
Species: pekinensis (pee-keen-EN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: China Snow

Category:
Shrubs
Trees

Height:
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Spacing:
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Cream/Tan

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Foliage:
Deciduous

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Profile:

2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Neutral can2grow On Jan 1, 2011, can2grow from Valparaiso, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

Cannot rate fairly as I have no experience growing this lilac. However, I find different entries for the common name. Is it a Peking lilac or a Pekin lilac? USDA, The University of North Carolina, and other reputable sources say "Peking."

Positive Nkytree On Nov 4, 2006, Nkytree from Burlington, KY wrote:

This tree is performing admorably at Boone County Arboretum- Union, KY: http://www.bcarboretum.org. As these are planted next to Ivory Silk Japanses Lilac you can definitely see the difference, and quite frankly they blow Ivory Silk out of the water when it comes to bark. It will be interesting to see how they compare with age (these are young trees).

Positive ViburnumValley On Feb 6, 2006, ViburnumValley from Scott County, KY (Zone 5b) wrote:

The China Snow tree lilac is a small tree that rewards greatly with minimum effort. This tree grows vigorously in normal soil and normal moisture and is tolerant of poorer soils and droughty conditions; seems to have few if any pests; flowers well in summer when there are relatively few plants of its stature that bloom; and has an exceptional exfoliating exoskeleton (OK, bark).

In the midwest and Ohio River valley region, this is one tough cookie and deserves wider use as a small ornamental tree.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Clermont, Kentucky
Georgetown, Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Union, Kentucky



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