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Syringa vulgaris 'Katherine Havemeyer' (d) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pink and Purple in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

2.5-4 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

lilac 'Katherine Havemeyer'

Family

Oleaceae


Syringa can be deciduous shrubs or trees, with simple, entire or rarely pinnate leaves and conical panicles of small, very fragrant, 4-lobed tubular flowers in late spring or early summer

'Katherine Havemeyer' is an upright medium-sized deciduous shrub becoming spreading with age, with mid-green, heart-shaped leaves and compact panicles of fragrant, double, lavender-purple flowers which fade to lilac-pink

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Easy to grow in most well-drained, fertile, humus-rich alkaline to neutral soils. Thrives in chalky ground and appreciates mulching when planted in full sun

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Alkaline or Neutral
  • Loam, Chalk, Sand or Clay

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings or layering in early summer. Grafting can be done in winter and budding in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1. Tolerates hard renovation pruning

Pests

Can get leaf-mining moths and thrips

Diseases

May be affected by lilac blight