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Syringa x persica

Common Name(s):
Persian lilac
Category:
Shrubs
Comment:

Syringa x persica is a hybrid between S. afghanica and S. x laciniata in the Oleaceae family.  It is a sterile hybrid that can be propagated by softwood cuttings.  It is a low maintainance shrub that is smaller and more heat tolerant than S. vulgarisIn the spring it has enchanting pale violet flowers with an intoxicating fragrance that attracts butterflies.  Effective as a specimen plant or in a group it makes a great informal hedge or screen.  Plant along property lines or in a cottage garden.

Seasons of Interest:

Bloom: Spring, May

Wildlife Value:  This plant is deer resistant.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Insect pests include scales, borers, leaf miners, and caterpillars. Very susceptible to powdery mildew so prune to keep center open and air flowing.  Additional disease problems include blights, leaf spots, wilt, and ring spot virus. 

Height:
4-8 ft.
Foliage:
Opposite, simple dark green leaves; 1 to 2.5 in. long
Flower:
Pale lilac flowers on 2 to 3 in. panicles on previous season's growth; very fragrant
Zones:
4-7
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun to partial shade; well-drained organically rich slightly acidic soil. It tolerates light shade but best blooms will appear with full sun. Tolerates urban conditions.
Texture:
Medium to fine
Form:
Upright, global; slightly arching branches
Width:
5-10 ft.
Tags:
heat tolerant, showy flowers, deciduous, low maintenance, pollinator, specimen, urban, nectar, hedge, fragrant, deer resistant, cottage, butterflies, wildlife

NCCES plant id: 1804

Syringa x persica Persian lilac (Syringa x persica)
Alan, CC BY - 2.0