Lottah Nursery, Australia
SYRINGA x hyacinthiflora 'Anabel'
Plant Common Name
Anabel Early-flowering Lilac, Early-flowering Lilac
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.
AHS Heat Zone
8 - 1
USDA Hardiness Zone
3 - 8
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
Full Sun, Partial Sun
10'-15' / 3.0m - 4.6m
8'-12' / 2.4m - 3.7m
Early Spring, Spring
Cutflower, Feature Plant, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break
Sharp or Has Thorns