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SYRINGA 'Minuet'

Image of Syringa 'Minuet'

Family

Oleaceae

Botanical Name

SYRINGA 'Minuet'

Plant Common Name

Lilac, Minuet Lilac

General Description

This exceptionally cold-hardy lilac is also noteworthy for its dense compact habit and for its profuse and relatively late bloom. Its conical clusters of fragrant pale lavender flowers open from purple buds in late spring, a week or more later than those of common lilac. This complex hybrid resulted from a cross between 'Redwine' and the Preston hybrid 'Donald Wyman'. Unlike the Preston hybrids, which grow to small-tree size, 'Minuet' develops slowly into an upright rounded head-high shrub that does not sucker from its base. Its stout stems are furnished with lush oval dark green leaves.

Grow this hardy and adaptable shrub in full to partial sun and well-drained mildly acidic to mildly alkaline soil. It requires winter chill and moderate summers to grow vigorously and flower abundantly. It is susceptible to powdery mildew, especially in humid droughty conditions. Use this relatively compact lilac in mixed borders, cottage gardens, or informal hedges and screens. Enjoy the cut flowers indoors in a vase.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    2 - 7

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    6'-7' / 1.8m - 2.1m

  • Width

    6'-7' / 1.8m - 2.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Purple, Pink, Lavender

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Tan, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No