Syringa x persica
- Common Name(s):
- Persian lilac
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. vulgaris. In 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.
- 4-8 ft.
- Opposite, simple dark green leaves; 1 to 2.5 in. long
- Pale lilac flowers on 2 to 3 in. panicles on previous season's growth; very fragrant
- 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.
- Medium to fine
- Upright, global; slightly arching branches
- 5-10 ft.
NCCES plant id: 1804