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Beijing Gold Tree Lilac

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Beijing Gold Tree Lilac (Syringa pekinensis ‘Zhang Zhiming’) A first rate accent tree adorned with frothy upright panicles of creamy gold flowers in early summer; interesting steel-gray bark and a dense, upright habit, an ideal choice for small home landscapes; needs full sun and well-drained soil.

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Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
25 feet
Average Landscape Width:
15 feet
Growth Rate:
medium
Genus:
Syringa
Species:
pekinensis
Cultivar:
Ivory Silk
Flower Color:
cream
Flower Period:
from late spring to early summer
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
average
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
low
Pruning:
prune after flowering
Pollution Tolerance:
high
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Density:
dense
Flower Fragrance:
high

Ornamental Features

Beijing Gold Tree Lilac features showy plumes of fragrant creamy gold flowers rising above the foliage from late spring to early summer. It has dark green deciduous foliage. The pointy leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. The smooth dark red bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Beijing Gold Tree Lilac is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Beijing Gold Tree Lilac will grow to be about 25 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 5 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

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