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'Kai-Fu' Amur Tree Lilac Seed


Latin Name: Syringa reticulata ssp. amurensis


Family: Oleaceae

Native Range: Southeast Siberian and Northeast China in the Amur River Region

Seed Source: Improved seed strain growing at Indian Head, Saskatchewan. 

Height and Spread: 7m x 6m 

Overview: The 'Kai-Fu' seed strain originates from trees grown from seeds collected in Northeast China. The parent tree has a multitude of creamy-white fragrant flowers blooming in July. It is a small multi-stemmed tree. The seed strain is named in honour of Xaing Kai-Fu a Chinese colleague who assisted with a 1991 Canadian seed collection expedition to Northeast China.

Fruit: Seed ripens in a capsule in late summer.

Average number of seeds/packet: 240


Stratification: Pre-soak seed for 24 hours then stratify in moist sand (10 percent moisture) for 90 days at 5°C.

Ideal sowing time: Non-pretreated seed outdoors in September (will germinate the following spring) or stratified seed in spring.

Sowing instructions: Sow 1.5 cm deep, 50 seeds/meter; Greenhouse - sow 3 seeds per cell.

Growing conditions: The 'Kai-Fu' seed strain is adapted to most soils and is hardy to zone 3.


'Kai-Fu' Amur tree lilac is best for landscape and street planting The dense growth habit is well suited for providing wind and snow protection. It provides excellent cover and habitat for songbirds and small mammals. Lilac species are rated excellent for pollen availability. The attractive white blooms add fragrance and beauty to plantings.