Copper Curls Pekin Lilac

Syringa pekinensis 'SunDak'

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Copper Curls Pekin Lilac (Syringa pekinensis 'SunDak') at Millcreek Nursery Ltd

Copper Curls Pekin Lilac bark

Copper Curls Pekin Lilac bark

(Photo courtesy of North Dakota State University)

Copper Curls Pekin Lilac (Syringa pekinensis 'SunDak') at Millcreek Nursery Ltd

Copper Curls Pekin Lilac in bloom

Copper Curls Pekin Lilac in bloom

(Photo courtesy of North Dakota State University)

Height:  25 feet

Spread:  18 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a


A new introduction of a species whose time has arrived; showy airy plumes of creamy white flowers in summer, but it's the rich copper-colored peeling bark that steals the show, incredible in winter against the snow; single or multi-stem available

Ornamental Features

Copper Curls Pekin Lilac features showy plumes of fragrant creamy white flowers rising above the foliage from late spring to early summer. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves do not develop any appreciable fall colour. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The peeling coppery-bronze bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Copper Curls Pekin Lilac is a multi-stemmed deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Copper Curls Pekin Lilac is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Copper Curls Pekin Lilac will grow to be about 25 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 5 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Shade 
Flowers  Bark  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features