This cultivar has creamy-yellow flowers; attractive, cinnamon-colored bark; and unique yellow-gold fall color. The Peking lilac is a dependable urban tree and a great choice even for parking lot, boulevard, and parkway plantings. Native to Asia, it is both hardy and beautiful, with attractive, amber-colored, peeling bark.
All Common Names:
- Residential and parks,
- City parkway,
- Wide median,
- Under utility lines
Tree or Plant Type:
- Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Small tree (15-25 feet)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Zone 4,
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7
- Acid soil,
- Alkaline soil,
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Dry sites,
- Alkaline soil,
- Road salt
- Moderately Tolerant
- Summer blossoms,
- Fall color,
- Fragrant flowers,
- Showy fruit,
- Showy flowers,
- Attractive bark
Season of Interest:
- Early summer,
- Early fall,
- Mid fall
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
- Insect pollinators
Tree & Plant Care
Tolerant of both acid and alkaline soil. Avoid wet sites.
Fairly drought tolerant once it is established.
Prune after flowering.
Disease, pests, and problems
No serious problems.
Disease, pest, and problem resistance
This tree shows resistance to bacterial blight, powdery mildew, scale insects and lilac borers.
Native geographic location and habitat
This is a cultivated variety of species that is native to China.
Bark color and texture
Bark is cherry-like in appearance. Bark is shiny and cinnamon-colored.
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Heart-shaped leaves are in pairs (opposite); 2 to 4 inches long with an entire margin.
Leaves are green in summer, turning yellow in fall.
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Large clusters of fragrant, creamy yellow flowers in early summer.
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Fruit are small dry capsules held in large clusters.