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Summer Charm Pekin Lilac*

Syringa pekinensis 'Summer Charm'

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Summer Charm Pekin Lilac (Syringa pekinensis 'Summer Charm') at Rutgers Landscape & Nursery

Summer Charm Pekin Lilac

Summer Charm Pekin Lilac

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Summer Charm Pekin Lilac (Syringa pekinensis 'Summer Charm') at Rutgers Landscape & Nursery

Summer Charm Pekin Lilac flowers

Summer Charm Pekin Lilac flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  20 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4


Luxurious, showy plumes of creamy yellowish-white flowers in late spring early summer with a wonderful fragrance; bark is rich brown, shiny, and peeling; drought tolerant and incredible in winter against the snow

Ornamental Features

Summer Charm Pekin Lilac features showy plumes of fragrant creamy white flowers rising above the foliage from late spring to early summer. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The peeling dark brown bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Summer Charm Pekin Lilac is a multi-stemmed deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Summer Charm Pekin Lilac is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Summer Charm Pekin Lilac will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Shade 
Flowers  Bark  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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