Syringa affinis L.Henry
Syringa chinensis Bunge
Syringa dilatata Nakai
Syringa giraldii Lemoine
Syringa vulgaris oblate (Lindl.) Franch.
Syringa oblata is a deciduous, many-branched shrub or a small tree that can grow up to 5 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild as a source of an essential oil - it is cultivated for this oil in Korea[
]. It is often grown as an ornamental in gardens, there are several named forms.
Woods, thickets, valleys, along streams, roadsides, gravely mountains; at elevations from 100 - 2,600 m
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Ornamental, Wild
Syringa oblata can experience very cold winters in its native habitat, usually with a clear distinction in seasons. In regions with mild winters, or with the variable winters of maritime climates, the plant can be excited into growth in mild periods of the winter - this new growth is then very likely to be killed back by the next cold spell[
Prefers a sunny position[
]. Grows best in a neutral to alkaline, well-drained loam[
Seed - sow early spring in a north facing cold frame. Pre-treating the seed with 4 weeks warm then 3 weeks cold stratification improves germination. It is probable that sowing the seed as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame would be a more reliable method[
]. Prick the seedlings out into individual pots once they are large enough to handle. Plant them out in the summer if sufficient growth has been made, otherwise grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter and plant out in late spring of the following year.
Cuttings of young shoots, 7cm with a heel, early summer in a frame[
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 7cm with a heel, mid summer in a frame[
Layering in spring before new growth begins. Takes 12 months[