Syringa pekinensis, Pekin Lilac

Size: tree, 15-20' average height at maturity

Buds: brownish, scaled

Leaves: deciduous, opposite, 2-4" long, .5" wide, simple, ovate to ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, cuneate, glabrous dark green above, gray-green below, yellowish fall color

Twigs: fine texture

Flowers: monoecious, creamy white, in 3-6" panicles (pyramidal clusters)

Fruit: capsules in clusters

Bark: ornamental, amber colored with shiny patches, exfoliates in horizontal curling sheets