Mystery Lilac Tree in McDaniel Farm Park

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Date Photo Taken: March 30, 2012
Location: Duluth, GA
Posted By: kshupenia


In Duluth’s McDaniel Farm Park, I pass this tree every day. As you can see from the photo, it’s very tall (100′?) and when I took the photo in early April, the leafy branches were covered in very light, tiny flowers that smell exactly like lilacs, although they’re not together on a stem like a lilac flower, but dispersed along the branches. Every year I see the park maintenance staff remove the “child” trees beneath it, and every year more (2-3, 3-4′) grow within 10′ of the main tree and are dug up and (I assume) destroyed. I love the lilac scent but am puzzed what kind of tree smells like one, but only generates and sheds the tiny flowers – not stems of flowers like a lilac.


  1. Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    chinaberry….it’s been a big year for them

    May 17th, 2012 at 2:45 pm
  2. Kim Shupenia Unregistered says:

    Thank you so much for the identification. After reading the description on Wikipedia, I undersand far more about it.

    May 17th, 2012 at 5:10 pm

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