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SYRINGA vulgaris 'Ami Schott'

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Bosh Bruening

Family

Oleaceae

Botanical Name

SYRINGA vulgaris 'Ami Schott'

Plant Common Name

Ami Schott Lilac, Common Lilac

General Description

This lovely double violet-blue French lilac is decidedly feminine, richly fragrant and offers exceptional beauty to the garden. ‘Ami Schott’ was bred in France at the famous Lemoine Nursery and introduced in 1933.

When not in bloom the large, rounded, deciduous shrub offers little interest, but it is exceptionally beautiful when its flower panicles appear in late spring or early summer. Big loose panicles of double blue flowers burst into color on the branch tips. The rounded buds are rose-hued before they open. The highly fragrant flowers attract loads of bees, butterflies and many other insect pollinators.

Lilacs develop their best habit and flowers when grown in full sun. They prefer average to fertile soil with good drainage. During periods of drought, they appreciate supplemental water. Next year's flower buds are set shortly after blooming, so lilacs must be pruned directly after their yearly display. There are several serious pests and diseases that plague them. Lilac borers can be a fatal, so keep an eye out for their telltale half-moon shaped holes along the trunks. Powdery mildew is also a yearly problem. Drought stress can invite both.

Lilacs need cold winters to live long and flower well. They make fine feature plants and are especially sweet when planted in groups. Cut their fresh blossoms for fragrant, long-lasting flower arrangements.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

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

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    15'-22' / 4.6m - 6.7m

  • Width

    15'-22' / 4.6m - 6.7m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, Eastern Europe

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Blue Violet

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Light Yellow, Sandy Brown

  • Bark Color

    Tan, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Double

  • 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

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No