Answer: Syringa reticulata (Japanese Tree Lilac) is adaptable to a wide range of soils and exposures. It can be used as a patio tree, lawn specimen (especially if allowed to branch to the ground) or even as a small street tree. Cold-hardy, this is a tree that can add a refreshing dimension to the home landscape.
It is a shrub of medium size and, as an added bonus, this award winner holds its floral display after most of the other shrub-type lilacs have faded. The creamy white flowers don't have the same sweet fragrance of the traditional common varieties, but the later bloom time provides a nice way to extend the flowering season.
Japanese Tree Lilac does not require regular feeding, but if the growth is poor or the leaves are yellowish, you can fertilize with a low nitrogen, high phosphorus fertilizer such as a 5-10-10 in early summer, in amounts as indicated on the fertilizer package.
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