Photo Credit
Photo courtesy of Mark Schwartz, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Chinese lilac

Scientific name
Syringa x chinensis
Also Known As
Chinese lilac (cloned), Red rothomagensis lilac chinensis
Plant Family
Fragrant, reddish-purple, flower clusters are the hallmark of this very showy ornamental shrub. It is a large, deciduous shrub that generally grows between 12 and 16 feet. This cloned plant was introduced from China, it is not invasive. A key distinction between Chinese lilac and common lilac is that the leaves are almost twice as long as they are wide compared to the much broader leaves of the common lilac.
Identification Hints

Fragrant, reddish-purple, flower clusters are the hallmark of this very showy ornamental shrub. It is a large, deciduous shrub that generally grows between 12 and 16 feet. This cloned plant was introduced from China, it is not invasive. A key distinction between Chinese lilac and common lilac is that the leaves are almost twice as long as they are wide compared to the much broader leaves of the common lilac.

Did You Know?

Chinese lilac is a hybrid between Syringa laciniata and Syringa vulgaris. Another commonly used name for this species is "Red rothomagensis". This lilac species is used in the USA Phenology Network's cloned lilac program.