Littleleaf lilac

Syringa pubescens  ssp. microphylla 'Superba'

Photo/Illustration: 
Andre Baranowski
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Littleleaf lilac (Syringa pubescens  ssp. microphylla 'Superba')
Synonyms:  S. microphylla 'Superba'
Genus:  Syringa
This fragrant cultivar bears single rose-pink flowers in midseason, which often rebloom in late summer or autumn. It forms a shrub 6 feet high by 10 feet wide. 
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Lilac flowers are beloved for bouquets, and when in bloom, hummingbirds and butterflies are drawn to them. Lilacs are generally a forgiving bunch, tolerant of roadside sites and neglect. 
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.  Because lilacs are fire retardant, they can be considered for planting near homes that are susceptible to wildfires. Most lilacs require a period of chilling dormancy.
Propagation:  Sow seed in a cold frame when fresh or in the spring. 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
10 ft. to 15 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 Song Birds,
Attracts Hummingbirds,
Fragrant Flowers,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Spring
Flower Color
Pink Yarrow
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Flowering Tree,
Hedge,
Naturalizing,
Roadside,
Screening
Style
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Shrubs

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