Syringa tomentella is native to Southwest China. It is part of the Oleaceae family of plants. Tomentella means “somewhat hairy” and Syringa is derived from a Greek word syrinx which means tube or pipe. It was first noted in 1891 from a sample that was collected in a prior year by Prince Henri d’Orleans (1867-1901). It was originally identified and grouped as Syringa alborosea by N. E. Brown (1849-1934), an English plant taxonomist. However, later a sample was picked in Szechwan and was categorized as Syringa tomentella by Ernest Henry “Chinese” Wilson (1876-1930) a British plant collector who introduced 2000 species of Asian plants to the Western world.
Syringa tomentella is a deciduous shrub that can grow from 1.5 to 7m or 5 to 23ft. Leaves are bright green and elliptic-lanceolate and about 10cm or 4in. Leaves are hairy underneath. Flowers appear in panicles, erect and loose, they are white or pink and tubular. Flowers appear in June and July. The fruit capsules appear in September.
Plant Syringa tomentella in the sun or partial shade in neutral to slightly alkaline soil, humus-rich, moist but well-drained.