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Ivory Silk Tree Lilac (tree form)

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An exotic semi-tropical accent shrub or small tree adorned with massive dangling panicles of pinkish-white flowers in early summer followed by dazzling red, coral and white berries; makes a wonderful street or boulevard tree for warm climates

Characteristics

Species:
reticulata
Average Landscape Height:
25 feet
Average Landscape Width:
20 feet
Genus:
Syringa
Cultivar:
Ivory Silk (tree form)
Branching:
decurrent
Plant Form:
oval
Canopy:
low
Density:
dense
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
prune after flowering
Flower Color:
cream
Flower Fragrance:
high
Flower Period:
from late spring to early summer
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
average
Pollution Tolerance:
high

Ornamental Features

Ivory Silk Tree Lilac (tree form) features showy plumes of fragrant creamy white 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

Ivory Silk Tree Lilac (tree form) is a dense deciduous tree with a shapely oval form. 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

Ivory Silk Tree Lilac (tree form) will grow to be about 25 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 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 does best in full sun to partial shade. 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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