502. Japanese Tree Lilac

Japanese Tree Lilac

Syringa reticulata

Accession 1111*A

Look up and across the path to see the Japanese tree lilac. This is the oldest lilac in our collection, grown from seed sent to the newly created Arnold Arboretum in 1876 by Professor W. S. Clark who was helping establish an agricultural school in Japan. This blooms a few weeks later than most tree lilacs with a creamy white flower. Two younger Japanese tree lilacs may be seen beyond S. vulgaris ‘Prairie Petite.’