One of the best lilacs for warm winter areas. Spectacular clusters of light lavender-blue flowers without winter chilling! Mid-season bloomer typically flowers in mid-May. Bright green foliage maintains attractive appearance all summer. Deciduous.
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Increase watering before spring bloom. Prune after flowering. Pruning time: spring after flowering.
Lilacs are among the most beautiful of all deciduous flowering shrubs. Use as a single specimen early season focal point at some far point of the garden. Closer in plant where the heady fragrance is best enjoyed. In sideyards and as hedges dividing houses the windows can be open for the floral scent to waft indoors. Plant next to outdoor living spaces, preferably upwind to keep you perpetually perfumed. Large plants make excellent background for perennial borders. Use to mark a gateway or entry where you pass by the blooms going in and out. A stellar foundation plant for front yard highlights.
The common lilac was first described by Pierre Belon, a French naturalist who knew it from the Turks who called it "fox's tail." He published it in his Observationsaround 1553. The first plants to reach Europe arrived in 1562 as gifts to the French Embassy from the court of Suleman the Magnificent. The French ever since were in the forefront of lilac breeding in Europe. It was brought to America with early settlers to the colonies and is one of the only two species to cultivated until the 19th century. Asian species from China changed everything and by 1928 there were over 450 different lilac cultivars, and among these were the parents of this group which are known to enjoy a longer life span in warmer climates. This cultivar was developed by famed horticulturist and nurseryman Mr. Ralph Moore, of Moore Miniature Rose Nursery, Visalia California, and introduced by Monrovia in 1987.
Lilac has always been renowned for the fragrance of its flowers, yet it has long been considered bad luck to bring cut lilac blooms indoors. Some attribute this to the old time practice of using lilac flowers to mask the odor of death during funerals with viewing of the body done in the home parlor.