The photo I shared was taken in the fall after all of the foliage had fallen and I thought the opportunity to see this particular tree with all its bushiness intact and would be past by the time spring comes round given my plans for winter pruning.
Then I found this pic.
I took it before we actually took possession of our home in the fall but had forgotten to download it - there are more to come!
And I found this pic too, which I took to share with more experienced gardeners to help me identify the tree, which I think a friend has done already!
I had dinner guests over and one happens to be a landscape architect. How he could tell in the darkness that this was a Japanese Lilac Tree is beyond me, but there you go, I think he was right the way he described the horizontal lenticels on the bark (see below) and the seed pods (see above).
I am very happy to have a lilac tree, and now that I have that in mind, the leaves do look like a lilac even if the shape of the tree did not make me think of the shrubs I am familiar with.
The Japanese Lilac blooms slightly later in June and has a fragrance that I am eager to get to know and which means its placement by the front door should pay sweet dividends.