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Japanese Tree Lilac vs American Bladdernut

Syringa reticulata

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Japanese Tree Lilac
American Bladdernut

Japanese Tree Lilac is an attractive, heavy-flowering lilac with fragrant white blossoms. It can be pruned to a single stem or grown as a multi-stemmed shrub.

Japanese Tree Lilac's dark reddish-brown bark peels as the tree ages, creating visual appeal for any yard, especially in the winter.

This tree is often planted along boulevards and its attractive white flowers signal spring to all who drive by.

American Bladdernut is a fast-growing, ornamental shrub native to eastern North America. It can be grown as a large shrub or trained as a small tree. The small, drooping, white flowers are bell-shaped and grow in clusters. They appear in mid to late spring, attracting various pollinators. Well suited as an understory plant as it prefers shady and partial sun location with moist soils.

The blossoms mature into papery seed capsules and have been described as miniature Japanese lanterns. They are commonly used in dried flower arrangements. The seeds found within the pods are edible, and have a taste similar to pistachios. They can be eaten raw, used in baking or made into a sweet cooking oil.

Care should be taken when planting American Bladdernut, as it can spread quickly. It is prone to suckering and will self-seed. Plant the right tree in the right place.

JAPANESE TREE LILAC QUICK FACTS

AMERICAN BLADDERNUT QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 3a
Height: 6 m (20 ft)
Height: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 6 m (20 ft)
Spread: 5 m (15 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: full sun
Light: shade, partial shade
Flowers: white with yellow anthers
Flowers: white
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: long
Suckering: low
Suckering: medium

In row spacing: 0.9 m (3 ft)

Between row spacing: 5 m (16 ft)