2000 Theodore Klein Plant Award Winner
By Winston Dunwell
Syringa reticulata 'Ivory Silk' - Japanese Tree Lilac - 'Ivory Silk' lilac is a small to medium tree that has proved itself as a street tree in several city environs in Kentucky. The tree has a reddish cherry-like bark with large, 6-12", white-ivory blooms. The bloom is fragrant, Eddie Atherton, Owensboro City Forester, has received numerous compliments on those he planted as street trees. 'Ivory Silk' blooms as a young plant and roots fairly easily from cuttings taken in June. Introduced in 1973 'Ivory Silk' has an established record as an attractive tree sized to fit the modern residential landscape.