Syringa pubescens

巧玲花 qiao ling hua
S. pubescens subsp. julianae syn. S. julianae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Oleaceae
Tribe: Oleeae
Genus: Syringa
Species: S. pubescens
Binomial name
Syringa pubescens

Syringa pubescens is a species of flowering plant in the lilac genus of the family Oleaceae, native to Korea and China (Gansu, Hebei, Henan, Hubei, Jilin, Liaoning, Ningxia, Qinghai, Shaanxi, Shandong, Shanxi, Sichuan).[1]

Growing to 6 m (20 ft) tall and broad, it is a substantial deciduous shrub with green leaves felted white beneath, and panicles of heavily scented, white-throated lilac flowers in early summer.[2][3][4]

The specific epithet pubescens means "downy", referring to the texture of the leaves.[5]

Three subspecies (formerly listed as separate species) are recognised:[6]

  • Syringa pubescens subsp. julianae - syn. S. julianae
  • Syringa pubescens subsp. microphylla - syn. S. microphylla
  • Syringa pubescens subsp. patula - syn. S. patula (Manchurian lilac)[7]

The cultivar S. pubescens subsp. microphylla 'Superba' has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[8]


  1. ^ Syringa pubescensFlora of China, v 15 p 283,
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  4. ^ Turczaninow, Nicolai Stepanowitsch. 1840. Bjulleten Moskovskogo Obačestva Ispytatelej Prirody, Otdel Biologičeskij 13: 73
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  6. ^ Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, Syringa pubescens
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