Syringa x chinensisItem #7200 USDA Hardiness Zone: 3 - 8
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Medium-sized, mid-season lilac with wonderfully fragrant lilac-pink flowers that bloom in mid-May. Graceful branches are broadly spreading. More refined than common llilac. Useful for screens, hedges, spring accents and cut flowers. Deciduous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Best with regular water - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing to 10 to 12 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:si-RING-ga chi-NEN-sisPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousSunset climate zones:1 - 11, 14 - 16, 18 - 21Growth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing to 10 to 12 ft. tall and wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SpringFlower color:PurpleGarden styleCottageDesign IdeasPlant a fragrant hedge with a row of these, or use just one in the sunny mixed border Or as a specimen shrub, plant it near the driveway, where you can enjoy the spring perfume.Companion PlantsBoxwood (Buxus); Weigela (Weigela); Peony (Paeonia); Maiden Grass (Miscanthus); Coneflower (Echinacea); Black-Eyed-Susan (Rudbeckia)
- CareCare InformationWater regularly during first growing season to establish deep, extensive root system. Tolerates some drought once established; best with regular moisture. Feed before new growth emerges in spring, and provide supplemental watering, in absence of rainfall/snow melt. Prune after flowering.Pruning time: spring after flowering.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Best with regular water - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:This genus of the olive family contains about 30 species, most native to eastern Asia and the Himalayas. Contrary to its name, this plant is a very early hybrid of S. vulgaris of southeastern Europe and S. persica, the latter descended from S. afghanica and S. laciniata. It was developed in the Botanic Garden of Rouen before the influx of Chinese lilacs. It was originally known as the Rouen lilac, or S. x rothmangensis, but renamed in England around 1795.Lore:It was once considered bad luck to cut lilacs for indoors, likely because the heavily scented flowers were commonly used to cover up the odor of death when the deceased was laid out in the home for viewing. Despite this the lilac remains among the most beloved fragrances for the home.