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Pekin Lilac 'China Snow'

Syringa pekinensis

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




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)


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



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Mid Spring



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:


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


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

Peoria, Illinois

Clermont, Kentucky

Georgetown, Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Union, Kentucky

Lovell, Wyoming

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 9, 2016, lilacmystery from Lovell, WY wrote:

We live in the Big Horn Basin of northern WY - high altitude, dry desert and surrounded by mtns. I had two China Snow Peking Lilacs growing for 6, 7 years and had no idea what they were til this week when they began to flower! Had to ask around to find out what it was as I'd never seen one or heard of one before. It is thriving here, growing like a weed! We have a very dry climate, cold winters and springs, yet fairly mild. Just thought you'd like to know it can and will grow it WY!! - AKM


On Sep 5, 2015, braun06 from Peoria Heights, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

I received this plant as a multistem 30" plant at the end of June. Currently it has grown an amazing 3' more and keeps on growing with no abate. I used a balanced fertilizer when I planted. I didn't realize it would grow so quickly.


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."


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

This tree is performing admorably at Boone County Arboretum- Union, KY: 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).


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.