|Syringa reticulata is a large shrub or small tree. Habit is spreading, with oval crown, and with maturity it develops an arching graceful appearance. Bark on stems is like that of a cherry tree, reddish brown with prominent lenticels. Leaves of Chantilly Lace are deep green with light green markings and light yellow margins. Flowers are creamy white, fragrant, borne on very large panicles, 6 to 12 inches long, 6 to 10 inches wide, in early summer. Fruit is a warty 3/4 inch capsule. Should be pruned after flowering, for complete rejuvenation cut it to the ground. Lilacs need good air circulation for they are subject to a number of diseases. This species is one of the least troubled, resistant to mildew, scale and lilac borer. Native to Japan.