chicagoland grows® Plant Introduction Program

China Snow® Peking Lilac

Syringa pekinensis ‘Morton’



The China Snow® tree lilac is a medium-sized flowering tree with multiple seasons of interest, from its large clusters of creamy-white fragrant flowers in June, the deep green semi-glossy foliage all summer, and the year-round display of highly ornamental, amber-colored exfoliating bark. Use this tree in urban, residential and commercial plantings as a single or multi-stemmed plant to accentuate the exfoliating bark. Selected from the collections of The Morton Arboretum, the original tree was grown from seed collected for The Arnold Arboretum by Joseph Rock in 1926 in Gansu province, China. Grows to 25' tall by 20' wide in 20 years. Hardy to USDA Zones 5 – 7.

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