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Snowdance™ Japanese Tree Lilac

Syringa reticulata 'Bailnce'

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Snowdance Japanese Tree Lilac

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Enhance the beauty of your landscape with the Snowdance™ Japanese Tree Lilac, a remarkable and unique variety that stands out from its species. Unlike traditional Japanese Tree Lilacs, which often flower biennially, Snowdance™ delivers an annual burst of enchantment, flowering at an earlier age.

This variety is adorned with exceptionally heavy blooms, presenting large, fragrant, creamy white flower clusters in June. The lustrous dark green leaves, larger and darker than the species, provide a beautiful contrast, creating a captivating visual experience.

The Snowdance™ Japanese Tree Lilac grows as wide as it is tall, reaching a height and width of approximately 20 feet and 18 feet respectively. The vase-shaped, spreading form, attractive shelved branching, and its pest- and disease-resistant nature make it a favorite choice for group and residential plantings.

Plant Attributes

The Snowdance™ Japanese Tree Lilac is a remarkable specimen that stands 20 feet tall and spreads to a width of 18 feet, forming a balanced and visually pleasing shape. It thrives in full sun exposure and is suited for USDA hardiness zones 3 through 7, with a heat zone rating of 7, allowing it to withstand a variety of climates. The tree's unique vase-shaped spreading form adds a distinct architectural interest to any landscape.

In June, the Snowdance™ bursts into bloom with large, fragrant, creamy white flower clusters, providing an annual delight that flowers at an earlier age compared to the species. Complementing its beautiful blossoms are lustrous dark green leaves, larger and darker than those of the typical Japanese Tree Lilac. Adding to its appeal, Snowdance™ is resistant to common pests and diseases, making it a practical and low-maintenance choice for both group and residential plantings. Its blend of aesthetic appeal and robust performance makes the Snowdance™ Japanese Tree Lilac a superb addition to various garden settings, offering year-round interest and a timeless elegance.

Landscape Use

The Snowdance™ Japanese Tree Lilac offers a wide array of landscaping uses, making it an incredibly versatile choice for garden designers and homeowners alike:

  1. Specimen Planting: With its stunning white blooms and unique vase-shaped spreading form, Snowdance™ serves as an excellent standalone specimen. Its aesthetic appeal makes it a striking focal point in any garden or landscape.
  2. Group Plantings: The hardy nature and uniform appearance of Snowdance™ make it suitable for group plantings. When planted in rows or clusters, it creates a harmonious visual rhythm, enhancing the overall cohesion of the landscape.
  3. Street or Boulevard Planting: Its resistance to pests and diseases, coupled with its moderate size, makes the Snowdance™ an excellent choice for planting along streets or boulevards. The tree's attractive appearance offers an urban touch of nature and beauty.
  4. Residential Landscaping: Snowdance™ fits well in home gardens and yards. Whether as a centerpiece or a part of a mixed border, its elegance and charm can enhance the curb appeal of residential properties.
  5. Screening and Privacy: The dense, spreading growth of Snowdance™ can be utilized as a natural screen or privacy barrier. Its foliage provides an effective and attractive way to delineate space or block unwanted views.
  6. Wildlife Attraction: The fragrant flowers may attract pollinators like bees and butterflies, adding dynamic wildlife interest to the garden.
  7. Theme Gardens: Snowdance™ can be incorporated into various theme gardens such as white gardens, fragrance gardens, or formal gardens, thanks to its specific characteristics.
  8. Park and Commercial Landscaping: Its robust nature and graceful appearance make Snowdance™ suitable for larger landscapes like parks and commercial areas where low maintenance and visual appeal are key considerations.
  9. Container Planting: In areas where space is limited, or for those who desire flexibility, Snowdance™ can be utilized in large container plantings, allowing for creative placement and arrangement.

The Snowdance™ Japanese Tree Lilac's blend of beauty, resilience, and adaptability allows it to be employed in various landscaping scenarios, enhancing the spaces it inhabits with its elegant presence. Its multifaceted landscaping uses make it a valuable addition to any design palette.

Planting & Care

Planting and caring for the Snowdance™ Japanese Tree Lilac requires attention to a few key areas to ensure its healthy growth and stunning display. Here's a guide to help you nurture this beautiful tree:


  1. Location: Choose a spot with full sun exposure, as Snowdance™ thrives in plenty of sunlight.
  2. Soil: Plant in well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. While adaptable to various soil types, a neutral to slightly alkaline pH is preferred.
  3. Spacing: Allow enough room for the tree to grow to its full width and height of 18 feet and 20 feet, respectively.
  4. Digging: Dig a hole twice as wide and as deep as the root ball, loosening the soil at the bottom.
  5. Planting: Place the tree in the hole, ensuring it's at the same depth as it was in the container. Fill the hole with soil, firmly packing it around the roots.
  6. Watering: Water thoroughly after planting to settle the soil.


  1. Watering: Regular watering is essential, especially in the first few years as the tree establishes. Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged.
  2. Mulching: Apply a layer of mulch around the base to conserve moisture and prevent weed growth. Avoid piling mulch against the trunk.
  3. Fertilizing: Apply a balanced fertilizer in the early spring to promote growth. Follow the instructions on the fertilizer packaging.
  4. Pruning: Minimal pruning is generally required. Remove any dead or diseased branches as needed. Best done in late winter while the tree is dormant.
  5. Pest and Disease Monitoring: Although Snowdance™ is pest- and disease-resistant, regular inspection is still wise. Treat any issues promptly with appropriate remedies.
  6. Winter Care: Generally hardy, but protection from harsh winds or extreme cold may be necessary in more exposed locations or severe climates.

Special Considerations:

  • Flowering: Since Snowdance™ flowers annually and at an earlier age, avoid excessive pruning, which may reduce blossoms.
  • Growth: Consider the mature size of the tree when choosing a planting location to avoid future issues with crowding or obstruction.

By adhering to these planting and care guidelines, the Snowdance™ Japanese Tree Lilac will grow into a healthy, beautiful centerpiece or complement to your landscape, providing enjoyment for years to come. Its annual blossoming, pest- and disease-resistant nature, and elegant form make it a rewarding choice for gardeners seeking both beauty and ease of care.

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Plant Features

  • Height: 18'
  • Width: 20'
  • Hardiness Zone: 3-7
  • Heat Zone: 7
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Habit: Vase Shaped, Spreading
  • Flower Color: White
  • Foliage: Dark Green

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