|Syringa reticulata var. mandschurica is shrubby in nature, 6 to 8 feet in height and spread, with smaller flowers and leaves than the species. 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. Foliage is dark green in summer, fall color unremarkable. Flowers are 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 a number of diseases. This species is one of the least troubled, resistant to mildew, scale and lilac borer. Native to Japan. Several cultivars are available.