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Lilac, ‘Villosa’ (Late Lilac)

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!

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Plant Details +

Size 12"-18"
Height 13'
Spacing 6-10'
Hardiness Zones 3-7
Attracts Birds and Wildlife
Exposure Full sun
Foliage Light green
Flower Rosy Pinks
Bloomtime Late-season

General Information +

Botanical: Syringa villosa

Common: Villosa Lilac, Late Lilac

Family: Oleaceae

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.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pests or Diseases: Late lilac generally maintains good foliage throughout the growing season, with some resistance to powdery mildew.

Planting Instructions: Easily grown in average, medium wet, well-drained soil in full sun. Prefers rich, moist, neutral soils. Needs good air circulation. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. The Lilac transplants easily.