Botanical: Syringa villosa
Common: Villosa Lilac, Late Lilac
General Characteristics: Villosa lilac is a non-suckering medium shrub. Best growth occurs on moist, medium-textured soils; however, it will not survive flooding. It is recommended as an outside row in farmyard and livestock shelterbelts or as a single row in roadside plantings to reduce erosion and trap snow. Villosa lilac can also be planted as a single or multiple row field shelterbelt.
Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. Intolerant of full shade. Prefers moist, fertile, organically rich, slightly acidic to slightly alkaline soils with good drainage. Avoid soggy soils. Needs good air circulation. Prune as needed immediately after flowering. Best grown in cool summer climates. Not recommended for planting in the hot and humid conditions of the deep South in USDA Zones 9-10. Propagate by cuttings in spring.
Tip: This product has a lifespan of 30 to 50 years.
Lilac Characteristics: Syringa villosa is a dense bushy lilac, with erect branches. Villosa lilac is a non-suckering medium shrub. Best growth occurs on moist, medium-textured soils; however, it will not survive flooding. An old fashioned lilac, seldom seen in the species form anymore, lovely in a shrub border.