China Snow Pekin Lilac

Syringa pekinensis 'China Snow'

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China Snow Pekin Lilac (Syringa pekinensis 'China Snow') at Piala's Nursery

China Snow Pekin Lilac bark

China Snow Pekin Lilac bark

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

China Snow Pekin Lilac (Syringa pekinensis 'China Snow') at Piala's Nursery

China Snow Pekin Lilac

China Snow Pekin Lilac

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  25 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Tree Lilac


Luxurious, showy plumes of large creamy white flowers in late spring early summer with a wonderful fragrance; bark is coppery, shiny, and peeling; drought tolerant but will not tolerate poor drainage

Ornamental Features

China Snow Pekin Lilac features showy plumes of fragrant creamy white flowers rising above the foliage from late spring to early summer. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The peeling coppery-bronze bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

China Snow 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.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

China Snow Pekin Lilac is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade

Planting & Growing

China Snow Pekin Lilac 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 3 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.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Shade 
Flowers  Bark  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features