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Syringa reticulata subsp. pekinensis ‘China Snow’

For sale by Bluebell Nursery

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An exciting new introduction, Syringa pekinensis 'China Snow' is a small tree with masses of fragrant white flowers in early summer and peeling, amber-brown bark once established. Leaves are an attractive dark green, with yellow or bronze autumn colour.

A little slow growing initially, this tree is tolerant of dry soils and ideal for small gardens, flowering best in a sunny position.

Supplied Size: 3L containers (30 - 50 cm tall)

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Syringa reticulata subsp. pekinensis ‘China Snow’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
3 litres

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Grower Notes

Position: Full sun.
Soil: Moist or well drained soil. Syringa pekinensis 'China Snow' is drought tolerant.
Hardiness: Reasonably hardy.
Flowering Period: May - June
Flower Colour: White
Rate of Growth: Slow until established then moderate.
Habit: Small branching tree, oval when young and more rounded when mature.
Height: 6 m (20 ft) if left unpruned
Spread: 5 m (16 ft)

Notes: Syringa pekinensis 'China Snow' will flower best in a warm, sunny position.

Plant Finder: about Syringa reticulata subsp. pekinensis ‘China Snow’

Common names

Peking lilac, Syringa reticulata subsp. pekinensis ‘Morton’


Syringa reticulata subsp. pekinensis ‘China Snow’ (Peking lilac). Formerly known as Syringa pekinensis, this tree has long panicles of highly scented cream-white flowers and flaking reddish brown bark. Foliage is dark green, turning brown-yellow in autumn.


They are fully hardy and will need full sun with deep fertile, well drained, preferably alkaline soil in sun or light shade.

Interest and use

Grown for its scented, showy flowers and arching form.

Italics = data drawn from parent genus or species

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Syringa reticulata subsp. pekinensis ‘China Snow’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020
  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -39°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH6.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

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