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SYRINGA x hyacinthiflora 'Pocahontas'

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Jessie Keith

Family

Oleaceae

Botanical Name

SYRINGA x hyacinthiflora 'Pocahontas'

Plant Common Name

Early-flowering Lilac

General Description

An early-blooming lilac that does well in both balmy and icy climates, this 1935 introduction from renowned hybridizer Frank Skinner of Dropmore, Manitoba, bears large conical clusters of fragrant deep violet flowers at its branch tips from early to mid-spring. One of numerous cultivars resulting from crosses between common lilac (Syringa vulgaris) and the East-Asian native Syringa oblata, this deciduous shrub offers the features of common lilac but blooms a week or more earlier. It forms a rather open medium-sized to large shrub with oval mid-green leaves.

Plant this shrub in full to partial sun and well-drained mildly acidic to mildly alkaline soil. It is most floriferous and least lanky in full sun. With its exceptional cold hardiness and relatively low winter chilling requirement, it succeeds in the mild environs of California and the severe cold of the northern Great Plains. The early blooms may be damaged by late freezes. Like most lilacs, it is susceptible to powdery mildew, especially in humid droughty conditions. Mass 'Pocahontas' in screens, windbreaks or hedges, or use it singly in a shrub planting or mixed border. It is ideal near a path or patio, where its perfumed flowers can work their magic. The flowers are also wonderful in bouquets.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    2 - 9

  • 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'-12' / 3.0m - 3.7m

  • Width

    8'-10' / 2.4m - 3.0m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Purple, Violet

  • 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

    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, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No