Syringa 'Penda' (Bloomerang Purple) - Dwarf Lilac
Pinkish purple, sweetly scented flowers appear in spring in their full glory, and after a midsummer rest, it starts all over again with scattered bloom until fall. This complex hybrid is busy blooming that it remains dwarf, reaching perhaps 4 feet. Good, rich soil in full sun will keep it happy. PP 20575. Z. 5-8
Syringa oblata 'Betsy Ross' - White Lilac
A white lilac for warm climates, oodles of fragrant white flowers burst forth on this National Arboretum selection in spring. The leathery foliage is disease resistant, and the plant grows ultimately 8-10 feet high. Z. 4-7
Big stocky Plants, grown in 3-gallon pots.
Syringa x chinensis 'Lilac Sunday' - Hybrid Chinese Lilac
For a century, Lilac Sunday has been a special celebration at the Arnold Arboretum, drawing thousands of visitors in mid-May to see the Arboretum's huge Lilac collection; so a plant named in honor of that event must be special indeed. Syringa x chinensis 'Lilac Sunday' sprouts fragrant, pale purple flowers not only at the branch tips, like Common Lilacs, but also from lateral buds along the stems, producing flower panicles which appear two feet long! The huge bloom weighs down the willowy branches so that the shrub appears to be a veritable fountain of flowers. It's become such a favorite of staff and visitors alike that the Arboretum felt it ought to be made available to the gardening public. Allow plenty of room for this special Lilac, which can grow to 12 feet high and wide if left unpruned. Full sun will yield the best flowering. Z. 3-7
Syringa x hyacinthiflora 'Purple Glory' - Early-Flowering Lilac
For a really dark purple Lilac, you can hardly do better than this hybrid selection. Bluish-purple flowers open in midspring, earlier than common Lilacs, and their rich color is enhanced by a pleasant fragrance. Deep green foliage is an added attraction, holding up well all season. Z. 3-7
Syringa yunnanensis 'Rosea' - Pink Yunnan Lilac
This unusual lilac from southwestern China bursts forth in May and June with slender panicles of rose-pink flowers. This Hilliers selection becomes a medium to large shrub. Distinctive and attractive oblong-lanceolate leaves, grayish beneath, will draw your attention when not in bloom. Z. (5?)6-8
Big stocky plants, grown in 3-gallon pots.