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Summer Charm Tree Lilac

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Summer Charm Tree Lilac (Syringa reticulata ‘Summer Charm’):Luxurious, showy plumes of creamy yellowish-white flowers in late spring early summer with a wonderful fragrance; bark is rich brown, shiny, and peeling; drought tolerant and incredible in winter against the snow

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Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
20 feet
Average Landscape Width:
10 feet
Growth Rate:
medium
Genus:
Syringa
Species:
pekinensis
Cultivar:
Summer Charm
Flower Color:
cream
Flower Period:
from late spring to early summer
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
average
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
low
Pruning:
prune after flowering
Pollution Tolerance:
high
Other Species Names:
Tree Lilac
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Flower Fragrance:
high

Ornamental Features

Summer Charm Pekin Lilac 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 peeling dark brown bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Summer Charm Pekin Lilac is a 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

Summer Charm Pekin Lilac will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 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 50 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. 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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