Syringa tomentella is native to Southwest China. It is part of the Oleaceae family of plants. Tomentella means “somewhat hairy”. Syringa is derived from a Greek word syrinx which means tube or pipe.
Syringa tomentella 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). He was 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). He was a British plant collector who introduced 2000 species of Asian plants to the Western world.
Syringa tomentella is a deciduous shrub. It grows from 1.5 to 7m or 5 to 23ft. Leaves are bright green. They are elliptic-lanceolate and about 10cm or 4in long. Leaves are hairy underneath. Flowers appear in panicles, erect and loose. Flowers are white or pink and tubular. Syringa tomentella flowers in June and July. It produces fruit capsules in September.
Grow Syringa tomentella in the sun or partial shade. Plant it in neutral to slightly alkaline soil, humus-rich, moist but well-drained.
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