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Lottah Nursery, Australia
SYRINGA x chinensis 'Lilac Sunday'
A hybrid of common lilac orginating in the Botanic Garden at Rouen, France, in 1777, Rouen lilac betters its parent in its dense, graceful, arching, non-suckering habit, its smaller daintier leaves, and its relative tolerance of hot summers and mild winters. The cultivar 'Lilac Sunday' bears particular abundant clusters of fragrant purple flowers. They crowd the upper reaches of the branches in mid- or late spring, slightly earlier than those of common lilac. The blooms attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees. The narrowly oval medium-green leaves are a third to half the size of those of common lilac. Introduced in 1997 by The Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain, MA, this outstanding selection was raised there from seed supplied by the Beijing Botanical Garden.
Grow this hardy and adaptable shrub in full to partial sun and well-drained mildly acidic to mildly alkaline soil. Flowering increases with sunlight. It requires relatively chilly winters and moderate summers to grow and flower its best. It is susceptible to powdery mildew, especially in humid droughty conditions. Use this plant as a screen, windbreak or hedge, or as an individual accent plant in a mixed border. It is ideal near a path or patio, where its perfumed flowers can work their magic. They are also wonderful in bouquets.
8 - 1
3 - 8
A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21
Full Sun, Partial Sun
8'-12' / 2.4m - 3.7m
Spring, Late Spring
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Purple, Lavender, Violet
Green, Sandy Brown
Green, Dark Green
Tan, Brown, Gray
Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break
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