|This hardy, deciduous, large shrub is a cross between Syringa vulgaris and Syringa oblata. Habit is upright at first, later spreading. Leaves are broadly ovate, bronzy when young, turning reddish-purple in fall. Mount Baker has single, white flowers, held on 5 inch long panicles. Prefers a cooler climate and neutral soil with peat or leaf mold enrichment. The following years' buds are produced by midsummer, so if pruning is necessary do so before July. Fine for the shrub border, not really a specimen plant.