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Syringa pekinensis China Snow Tree

White Peking Lilac Trees
  • From £54.99 (ex VAT)
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Syringa pekinensis China Snow is a new feature-packed variety of Peking Lilac tree with a plethora of fragrant tiny white flowers arranged in large clusters. It flowers during early summer against a backdrop of delightful heart-shaped green leaves that turn yellow-bronze in autumn. On mature trees, cinnamon-brown bark peels attractively and provides winter interest when the leaves have fallen.

Growing to a height and spread of 5 x 4 metres in 20 years, Syringa pekinensis China Snow is ideal for providing an abundance of interest in small and larger gardens alike.

AKA Peking Lilac tree, Syringa reticulata subsp. pekinensis China Snow = 'Morton'

  • Common name: Peking Lilac tree
  • Height and spread after 20 years: 5 x 4 metres
  • Flowers: Fragrant clusters of white flowers in summer
  • Foliage: Heart-shaped green deciduous leaves
  • Position: Prefers full sun

Planting Advice for Syringa pekinensis China Snow

Our pot grown Peking Lilac trees can be planted at any time of year. Start by removing weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. To help the tree establish more effectively, sprinkle root grow in the hole.

Remove the pot, gently tease the roots and place into the planting hole. Mix 50% of the original soil with 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Avoid banking the soil up around the collar of the tree. Unless it's a bush form, we recommend planting Lilac trees with a stake and tie kit - instructions are in the planting guide.

Aftercare Advice for Syringa pekinensis China Snow

If you’re planting Peking Lilac trees in spring or summer, water well for the first few months. Increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little. Irrigation kits make it easier.

Once planted, keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons.

Pruning Syringa pekinensis China Snow

Peking Lilacs can be grown in tree or bush form and pruning is encouraged to maintain their shape. For a tree form, prune unwanted new shoots that appear low down on the trunk. If your Peking Lilac begins to look overcrowded, remove inner branches to allow more light and air inside the canopy. Always prune dead flowers and damaged or diseased branches.

Mature Lilac trees that have become overgrown can be hard pruned back to their former glory, but it will take time. Never prune a lilac tree back by more than a third of its size. Do this one season at a time, allowing the tree to recover in between. Apply a fertiliser each autumn and again in spring, just before flowering.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most under 1.5 metres in height) : £9.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £11.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £14.95 + vat

1-4 trees delivered by pallet to kerbside (inc. mature Japanese Maples): 24.95 + vat

Mature trees, pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode not quantity. Starts from £48 + vat.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process. Please note, we are unable to deliver outside of Mainland UK.

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within 3 weeks of placing the order, unless stated otherwise. There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is left via the checkout.

For pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height), we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers about the delivery date.

Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is on the product/basket page. Orders are despatched once all trees are ready.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

To collect trees, please book an appointment. Delivery charges will be refunded.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Clump: Several plants in one pot that can give the appearance of a multi stemmed and very bushy tree.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height:

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Syringa pekinensis China Snow Form: Bush Supplied Size: 60-90cm Root type: 10L pot Syringa pekinensis China Snow Price £54.99 (ex VAT)
Bush 60-90cm 10L pot £54.99 (ex VAT)
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Syringa pekinensis China Snow Form: Single Stem Tree Supplied Size: 125-175cm Root type: 12L pot Syringa pekinensis China Snow Price £59.99 (ex VAT) Was £64.99 (ex VAT)
Single Stem Tree 125-175cm 12L pot £59.99 (ex VAT) Was £64.99 (ex VAT)
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