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SYRINGA x chinensis 'Lilac Sunday'

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Lottah Nursery, Australia

Family

Oleaceae

Botanical Name

SYRINGA x chinensis 'Lilac Sunday'

Plant Common Name

Chinese Lilac

General Description

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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    8'-12' / 2.4m - 3.7m

  • Width

    8'-12' / 2.4m - 3.7m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Purple, Lavender, Violet

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Sandy Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Tan, Brown, 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