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SYRINGA vulgaris 'Angel White'

Image of Syringa vulgaris 'Angel White'

Maureen Gilmer

Family

Oleaceae

Botanical Name

SYRINGA vulgaris 'Angel White'

Plant Common Name

Angel White, Common Lilac

General Description

Most lilacs need winter cold to flower, but this California bred hybrid is unusually heat tolerant and flowers well in warmer climates. It is the result of Roger Lammerts’ work at Ranch Descanso Nursery in southern California. His goal was to to increase the climatic range of this normally cold-loving plant. ‘Angel White’ was first introduced in 1971 and was popularized and brought into cultivation by Monrovia Nursery.

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. Its clusters of snow-white four-petaled flowers burst open on the branch tips. They have a heady fragrance and make exceptional cut flower arrangements—especially for moonlit California nights. The irresistible 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. Though moderately drought tolerant, these lilacs grow best is given supplemental water during very dry spells. 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. Extreme drought stress can invite both.

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

    8'-12' / 2.4m - 3.7m

  • Width

    8'-10' / 2.4m - 3.0m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • 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

    White

  • 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

    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

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No