‘Ivory Silk’ Tree Lilac

Syringa reticulata ‘Ivory Silk’

What’s that tree? It’s an Ivory Silk Tree Lilac native to northern Japan and China where it grows on cliffs–usually limestone! That makes it tolerant of the limestone found under streets and sidewalks so you’ll often see it used as a street tree. 20-25′, somewhat formal in shape and scented. Some people like that scent (I do) and others don’t (they think it smells like a privet). Some of the astilbe-looking blooms are fading in this example but it’s a striking tree. It blooms later than most lilacs– this photo was taken in mid-June.

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