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SYRINGA x chinensis
Originating in the Botanic Garden at Rouen, France, in 1777, this hybrid of common 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. Its broad clusters of fragrant purple-lilac flowers crowd the branch tips in mid- or late spring, slightly earlier than those of common lilac. They attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees. The narrowly oval medium-green leaves are a third to half the size of those of common lilac. This handsome lilac eventually forms a large rounded shrub.
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.
Cultivar 'Alba' has white pink-tinged flowers, 'Saugenea' bears red-violet blooms, and 'Lilac Sunday' produces masses of pale violet flower clusters.
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
8'-15' / 2.4m - 4.6m
Spring, Late Spring
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Green, Sandy Brown
Green, Dark Green
Tan, Brown, Gray
Cutflower, Feature Plant, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break
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