Can anyone ID this tree?

Ginny McLean_Petite_GardenMay 27, 2009

My neighbour has a large tree (about 25-30 feet) and over 50 years old that blooms like a lilac. The blooms are white and kinda droopy but look like lilacs and are sweetly scented. The tree is just loaded with bloom! Is there such a thing as a tree lilac? Full bloom May 24 Zone 3a Edmonton.

Any help would be appreciated.


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It is a lilac but a Japanese lilac tree not bush as the more common ones are. This one is actually a tree--the botanical name for it is syringa reticulata. Read the link above

    Bookmark   May 27, 2009 at 4:43PM
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Mayday or Chokecherry.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2009 at 4:57PM
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That sounds like my Mayday tree, mine is just starting to bloom now. The branches droop gracefully..Jean

    Bookmark   May 27, 2009 at 7:00PM
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I find it hard to believe a Mayday smells sweet. But then that's just me. I think they stink.But by the time of the bloom time it could be Mayday.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2009 at 7:46PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Yes, Mayday trees are in full bloom now and droopy.


    Bookmark   May 27, 2009 at 9:04PM
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Ginny McLean_Petite_Garden

Yep, looks like a mayday tree alright! It's gorgeous! I grew up in this house and therefore right next door to this beautiful tree and this is the first time I have seen it bloom! Since the original owner passed the new owners cleared some of the lot and renovated the old house. They opened up that side of the yard and it looks so different. But very nice to see that beautiful tree! I got a tour of the house too! Awesome!


    Bookmark   May 27, 2009 at 10:49PM
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