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‘Mount Baker’ lilac

Syringa × hyacinthiflora 'Mount Baker'

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

CareGrow 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.

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

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

  • Genus : Syringa
  • Plant Width : 10 to 15 feet
  • Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
  • Plant Height : 6 to 10 feet
  • Characteristics : Attracts Hummingbirds, Cut flower, Fragrant Flowers, Showy Fall Foliage
  • Tolerance : Disease resistant
  • Uses : Foundation Plantings, Front Yard, Sun
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Foliage Color : Green
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Bloom Time : Spring
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Flower Color : White

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