Lilac

Syringa  × hyacinthiflora 'Mount Baker'

Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of Spring Meadow Nursery
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Lilac (Syringa  × hyacinthiflora 'Mount Baker')
sih-RIN-gah ex hy-ah-sin-thih-FLOOR-ah
Genus:  Syringa

This early flowering hybrid produces fragrant, single white flowers. It forms a shrub 8 feet high by 10 feet wide, and exhibits autumn coloring. This hybrid and its offspring show some disease resistance.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Fragrant, early flowers; purplish fall color; disease resistant.

Care: 

Grow in reasonably fertile, well-drained soil in full sun; prefers neutral to slightly alkaline soil. Promptly deadhead spent blossoms to produce more robust blooms for the following year. Prune lightly in late winter or early spring to maintain a healthy framework, remembering that most species form flowers the previous season. Plant in areas with good air circulation to thwart disease. Most lilacs require a period of chilling dormancy.

Propagation: 

Take softwood cuttings or layer in early summer; graft in winter; bud in summer

Problems: 

Powdery mildew, dieback, leafroll virus, mycoplasma-like organisms (MLO), root knot nematode, Verticillium wilt, witches' broom, bacterial leaf spot, anthracnose, borers, scale, caterpillars.

Overview

Height
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Spread
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Attracts Hummingbirds,
Fragrant Flowers,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Spring
Flower Color
White
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Roadside,
Screening
Style
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Shrubs

Syringa  × hyacinthiflora 'Mount Baker'