Description from Flora of China
Syringa bretschneideri Lemoine; S. emodi Wallich ex G. Don rosea Cornu; S. villosa var. rosea Cornu ex Rehder.
Shrubs to 4 m, glabrous or puberulent to villous. Petiole 0.8-2.5 cm; leaf blade ovate, broadly elliptic, to obovate- oblong, 4-11(-18) × 1.5-6(-11) cm, adaxially glabrous, abaxially pilose or barbate only along veins, occasionally glabrous, base cuneate to subrounded, apex acute or short acuminate. Panicles erect, terminal, rather compact, 5-13 (-17) × 3-10 cm. Pedicel 0.5-1.5 mm. Calyx 2-4 mm. Corolla lilac-red, pink, to white, 1-2 cm; tube slender, subcylindric, 0.7-1.5 cm; lobes ovate to elliptic, spreading. Anthers yellow, inserted near mouth of corolla tube or slightly protruding. Capsule oblong, 1-1.5 cm, smooth or nearly so. Fl. May-Jun, fr. Sep. 2n = 46*, 48.
* Near gullies, riversides, thickets; 1200-2200 m. Hebei, Shanxi