Syringa x chinensisItem #7200 USDA Hardiness Zone: 3 - 8
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 Lilac. Useful for screens, hedges, spring accents and cut flowers. Deciduous.
- 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. high, equal width.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 PlantsCombine this lilac with the white blooms of Bristol Snowflake Weigela (Weigela florida 'Broistol Snowflake'). Add yellow summer color with a companion planting of Sunburst Hypericum (Hypericum frondosum 'Sunburst'). The mat-forming Rokey's Purple Aubrieta (Aubrieta x cultorum 'Rokey's Purple') offers early color.
- CareCare InformationFollow 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. For a formal appearance, shear annually after flowering.Pruning time: spring after flowering.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.
- 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.