• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly in extreme heat for best performance. Requires less water once established.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing to 6 to 12 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Landscape Uses:
  • Detail
    Plant type:Shrub
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 11, 14 - 16
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing to 6 to 12 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Flower color:Pink
    Design IdeasThis late-blooming lilac has a lovely, spreading form, and is a fine addition to the mixed border in full sun. A fine background plant for green foliage in the growing season an bright color in spring. Great for breaking up a long wall or fence line. Use in foundation planting for seasonal accent. Makes a truly striking informal hedge.
    Companion PlantsUse an evergreen for good contrast of form and a solid backdrop to this deciduous shrub. Holmstrup Eastern Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis 'Holmstrup') or the taller Masonic Arborviate (Thuja occidentalis 'Masonic') are both good choices. Emerald Blue Creeping Phlox (Phlox subulata 'Emerald Blue') is a good companion that blooms early spring.
  • Care
    Care Information
    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.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly in extreme heat for best performance. Requires less water once established.
  • History & Lore
    This group of 20th century hybrids was developed by Isabella Preston at the Central Experimental Farm, Division of Horticulture at Ottawa, Canada. In 1920 she crossed S. villosa and S. reflexa, the latter among the seedlings produced by E. H. Wilson at the Arnold Arboretum. It was derived from seed gathered in a recent collecting trip to China. Of the 300 seedlings, the best were selected and deemed S. x prestoniae hybrids.
    The lilac genus contains about 30 species, most of them native to eastern Asia and the Himalayas.