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SYRINGA x hyacinthiflora 'Anabel'

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Lottah Nursery, Australia

Family

Oleaceae

Botanical Name

SYRINGA x hyacinthiflora 'Anabel'

Plant Common Name

Anabel Early-flowering Lilac, Early-flowering Lilac

General Description

The very early, double flowered 'Anabel' is a beautiful, vigorous selection that was bred in 1956 by Roy F. Hawkins of La Port City, Iowa. It is a classic variety that’s stood the test of time and is still easy to find in the nursery trade. The name is often misspelled as 'Annabel.'

Early-flowering lilac is a hybrid between common lilac (Syringa vulgaris) and the East-Asian native Syringa oblata. It resembles the common lilac, forming large rather open oval-leaved shrubs that bear dense conical clusters of fragrant magenta, purple, lilac, pink, blue, or white flowers at their branch tips from early to mid-spring. Those of 'Anabel' are palest lavender pink. All flower a week or more before the common lilac.

Sites with full to partial sun and well-drained, mildly acidic to mildly alkaline soil are ideal for early-flowering lilac. Plants are most floriferous and least lanky in full sun. With few exceptions, chilly winters and moderate summers are required for healthy flowering and growth. The early blooms may be damaged by late frosts. Powdery mildew is often a problem later in the season when growing conditions become hot and humid. This is an ideal old-fashioned shrub for screens, tall hedges, or specimen plants.

Plant this lovely shrub near a path or patio where its perfumed flowers can work their magic. Cut the blooms for long-lasting bouquets, and be sure to do any seasonal pruning directly after the plants flower.

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, 12, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    10'-15' / 3.0m - 4.6m

  • Width

    8'-12' / 2.4m - 3.7m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Light Pink, Lavender

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Sandy Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • 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, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No