Miss Canada Lilac
Miss Canada Lilac
Syringa x prestoniae 'Miss Canada'Item #7189 USDA Hardiness Zone: 2 - 7
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Extend the lilac season with this extremely hardy, late blooming variety. Reddish buds and rosy-pink flowers appear on new spring growth after common lilac varieties. Adapts well to warmer climates. Deciduous.
- DetailPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousSunset climate zones:1 - 11, 14 - 16Growth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing to 6 to 12 ft. tall and wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SpringFlower color:PinkDesign 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.
- CareCare InformationFollow regular watering schedule during first growing season to establish deep, extensive root system. Feed before new growth emerges in spring. Increase watering before spring bloom, in absence of rainfall/snow melt. Prune after flowering.Pruning time: spring after flowering.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Once established, drought tolerant but requires regular moisture for best performance.
- History & LoreHistory: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.Lore:The lilac genus contains about 30 species, most of them native to eastern Asia and the Himalayas.