The Japanese lilac is a very showy, small tree for the landscape. The spreading branches grow to form an oval to vase shaped crown. Large white, showy, very aromatic flowers emerge in the spring. The blooms appear later in spring, between May and June. The flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies, while also having good resistance to deer. Leaves are elliptic to ovate and dark green in color. It is considered a low maintenance tree with minimal insect or disease issues. It is typically planted as a showy specimen tree, but often is planted in clusters.