Planted: 1934

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Can be found at the foot of the entrance steps.

Distribution:Subspecies is from Amur region in north-eastern China and south-eastern Russia, also Korea.
Planting Date:1934
Bought from:Hillier Nurseries, Romsey, Hampshire
Appearance:A deciduous small tree growing to a height of 12 m. It is the largest species of lilac, and the only one that regularly makes a small tree rather than a shrub.
Leaf:The leaves are elliptic-acute, 2.5 cm to 15 cm  long and 1 cm to 8 cm  broad, with an entire margin, and a roughish texture with slightly impressed veins.
Flowers:The flowers are creamy-white.  The corolla with a tubular base 4 mm to 6 mm long and a four-lobed apex 3 mm to 6 mm across, and with  a strong fragrance; they are produced in broad panicles 5 cm to 30 cm long and 3 cm to 20 cm broad in early summer.
Fruit:The fruit is a dry, smooth brown capsule 15 mm to 25 mm long, splitting in two to release the two-winged seeds.
Uses:In Europe and north America it is grown as ornamental tree or shrub.
Introduction Date:1855
Anecdotes and CommentsPart of Mr Hammond’s 33 plant lilac collection.