Syringa ‘Villosa’ is a dense bushy lilac, with erect branches. Foliage is dark green in summer, no fall color. Large, showy clusters of rosy-pink to white colored lilacs appear for early summer blooming, in mid to late June, with a fragrance not typical of lilac. Flowers are held on 3 to 7-inch dense panicles, borne on current season’s growth. In wildlife plantings, it provides cover for many birds and animals; deer will occasionally browse ‘Villosa’ lilac in the winter. In addition, the flowers are a late spring source of pollen and nectar for bees and other insects. An old-fashioned lilac, seldom seen in the species form anymore, lovely in a shrub border. Villosa lilac is a non-suckering medium shrub. Best growth occurs on moist, medium-textured soils; however, it will not survive flooding. Full sun is required for good growth. Good tolerance for urban conditions. Native to China. An excellent shrub, known for its hardiness.
The Lilac is a reliable spring-flowering shrub for cold winter landscapes. They are excellent as a specimen/accent or in small groups, shrub borders, hedges or screens. Lilacs are also great for cottage gardens and as margins of woodland gardens. Great cut flower. If you want to attract Hummingbirds and Butterflies to your landscape, lilacs are a great choice for this. The characteristics that make these species so visually appealing – showy flowers, winter color – are some of Nature’s most powerful draws for the animal kingdom. Turn your yard into a naturally balanced eco-system! You’re sure to enjoy these plants for a lifetime. They provide food, shelter and nesting. Plant your backyard sanctuary today!