503. ‘Cheyenne’ Lilac

‘Cheyenne’ Lilac

Syringa oblata var. dilatata ‘Cheyenne’

Accession 316-96*A

Native to Korea and nearby regions of China, this bush lilac was introduced by the USDA in Cheyenne, Wyoming from seed collected in China. The leaves are oblate (wider in the middle) as is the earth, the distance around the equator being greater than that from pole to pole. This early flowering species also offers fall interest, with its dark green leaves turning bronze, burgundy, and maroon.