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Syringa × chinensis 'Lilac Sunday' (Chinese lilac, Rouen lilac)

Syringa × chinensis 'Lilac Sunday' Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Bailey Nurseries


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Syringa × chinensis 'Lilac Sunday' Common Name: Chinese lilac, Rouen lilac Genus: Syringa
This fragrant hybrid (S. persica × S. vulgaris) produces slightly nodding light-purple flower clusters to 6 inches long in midseason. It forms a spreading shrub, 12 feet tall and wide, and shows good disease resistance.
Noteworthy characteristics: Good disease resistance.
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: 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.
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 Butterflies; Attracts Hummingbirds; Fragrant Flowers; Showy Flowers
Bloom Time Spring
Flower Color Purple/ Lavender Flower
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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