Syringa pubescens is a species of flowering plant in the lilac genus of the family Oleaceae, native to Korea and China. This species has an untraditional, spicy fragrance, and it is one of the most strongly scented lilacs.
Growing to 6 m (20 ft) tall and broad, Syringa pubescens is a substantial deciduous shrub with green leaves felted white beneath, and panicles of heavily scented, white-throated lilac flowers in early summer. The specific epithet pubescens means "downy", referring to the texture of the leaves. Lilac flowers are beloved for bouquets, and when in bloom, hummingbirds and butterflies are drawn to them. Lilacs are generally a forgiving bunch, tolerant of roadside sites and neglect.