518. Pinnate Lilac

Pinnate Lilac

Syringa pinnatifolia

Accession 745-93*B

This Chinese native was first discovered by plant explorer Ernest Henry Wilson in the mountains of Sichuan in 1904. This shrub blooms early in the season, producing small panicles of white flowers. Unique among lilacs, this species has pinnately compound leaves, meaning that each leaf is actually composed of many small leaflets.