|Syringa josikaea is an arching, spreading, deciduous shrub, 8 to 10 feet tall, spreading 8 to 12 feet. Leaves are glossy, deep green on top, glaucous below, ovate to elliptic, up to 5 inches long. Flowers are violet-lilac, lightly fragrant, held on 4 to 7 inch long slender panicles, borne in mid- to late spring. Prefers a neutral soil, with peat or leaf mold enrichment. Fine for the shrub border, not really a specimen plant.