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Syringa x persica

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Description

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 maintenance 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.

It prefers organically rich slightly acidic soil.  It will tolerate light shade but the best blooms will appear with full sun.  It has upright, global, sightly arching branches.

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 ringspot virus. 

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#fragrant#butterflies#showy flowers#deciduous#fragrant flowers#heat tolerant#specimen#wildlife plant#nectar plant#low maintenance#hedge#cottage garden#playground#deer resistant#children's garden#pollinator plant#tolerates urban conditions
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#fragrant#butterflies#showy flowers#deciduous#fragrant flowers#heat tolerant#specimen#wildlife plant#nectar plant#low maintenance#hedge#cottage garden#playground#deer resistant#children's garden#pollinator plant#tolerates urban conditions
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Syringa
    Family:
    Hydrangeaceae
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Fragrance
    Dimensions:
    Height: 4 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 5 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    2-3" panicles on previous season's growth.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    1-2.5" dark green leaves
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Recreational Play Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Children's Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Design Feature:
    Hedge
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer