Chinese Tree Lilac
Syringa reticulata subsp. perkinensis
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Deciduous shrub or small tree, multi-stemmed, 15-20 ft (4.5-6 m) high, slightly less in width; branches slender and brownish red when young; bark is smooth with prominent lenticels and/or exfoliating in brown flakes sheets. Leaves simple, opposite, ovate to ovate-lanceolate, 5-10 cm long, 2.5-5 cm wide, dark green above and grayish green below, mostly glabrous (without hairs). Flowers yellowish white, in clusters 7.5-15 cm long, appear in early summer. Fruit oblong, acute, 1.3-2.5 cm long.
- Sun. Resistant to mildew
- Hardy to USDA Zone 4 [Not as hardy as Syringa reticulata (Snyder, 2000)] Native to northern China. Introduced to Western cultivation via seeds sent from Peking to England in 1881 and to Arnold Arboretum the next year (Jacobson, 1996).
- Oregon State Univ. campus: on the north side of Orchard Ave. west of 27th St. (across from Cordley Hall)