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Syringa (Lilac)
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Including Syringa ‘Miss Kim’, Syringa x laciniata, Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’, and Syringa reticulata ssp. pekinensis

Syringa (shrubs)

Lilac

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Syringa x laciniata  full sun  new plant
Cut Leaf Lilac
Syringa laciniata

Few purple blossoms have so inspired people to lend their name to a particular tint: heliotrope, lavender, violet, and of course, lilac. Distinguished by its uniquely shaped dark green leaves, this elegant Chinese native fashions a graceful mound of lacy, deeply cut foliage and 3 in. long, loose panicles of fragrant, single, pale lavender flowers.

Very heat tolerant, the Cut Leaf Lilac is perfect for hot summer areas and makes an excellent textural companion when teamed with broader leafed shrubs.

Blooms May

Size: 6'–8' high x 6'–8' wide; hardy to zone 4.

Syringa x laciniata (S-0153)
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Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’  full sun
Dwarf Korean Lilac
Syringa meyeri Palibin

Few purple blossoms have so inspired people as to lend their name to a particular tint: heliotrope, lavender, violet and of course lilac. ‘Palibin’s profusion of delicately perfumed lavender-pink blooms bursts forth from dark purple buds. Polished leaves, deeply green and somewhat leathery, attire this small statured, close-knit twiggy shrub, whose diminutive guise can shape a handsome verdant hedge all by itself, with or without pruning, or become an alluring component for the rockery or a mixed border.

Perhaps the most dwarf of all Lilacs, this refined jewel should be planted in well drained soil and cut back after flowers are spent to ensure the following year’s bloom.

Blooms May.

Size: 3'–5' high x 4' wide. Zone 3/4.

Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’ (S-0467)
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Syringa ‘Miss Kim’  full sun
Miss Kim Lilac
Syringa  Miss Kim

Few purple flowers have so inspired people as to lend their name to a particular tint: heliotrope, lavender, violet and of course lilac. With a charming floral display that bridges the gap between spring and summer, ‘Miss Kim’ flaunts a profusion of powerfully scented pinkish purple blooms that fade to light pink and then to white. Autumn finds the handsome foliage emblazoned by stunning shades of burgundy and red.

Plant in well drained soil and maintain a pleasing shape by pruning between December and February.

Blooms May.

Size: 8'–10' high x 4'–6' wide; hardy to zone 3.

Syringa ‘Miss Kim’ (S-0432)
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Syringa oblata var. dilitata ‘Betsy Ross’  full sun

Hats off to the late Dr. Donald Egolf, who bred ‘Betsy Ross’ using a Chinese specimen of S. oblata and an unidentified Lilac from New York. For its bountiful supply of fragrant, fluffy-looking, snow white trusses, thick dark green deciduous leaves and compact rounded frame, this National Arboretum introduction merits a prominent spot in your garden.

Brimming with old-fashioned charm, ‘Betsy Ross’ wards off mildew, endures warmer weather and flourishes in a vast range of climates, from Minnesota to the deep south and both east and west coasts.

Blooms April.

Size: 8'–10' high x 9'–11' wide. Zone 4/5.

Syringa oblata var. dilitata ‘Betsy Ross’ (S-0717)
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Syringa (trees and vines)

Tree Lilac

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Syringa reticulata ssp. pekinensis  full sun  partial shade
Peking Tree Lilac

Promising year-round beauty, this small rounded Morton Arboretum selection debuts large fragrant creamy white flowers followed by open clusters of warm brown capsules, artful cinnamon-colored exfoliating bark and attractive dark greenery. Indigenous to northern China's hills and valleys, and named for the distinctive net veining or reticulata that embellishes its ovate leaves, cold-hardy Peking Lilac sculpts an upright multistemmed open frame with courtly arching branches. Ideal for urban settings, except those in the deep south, this star specimen triumphs over clay or deer, and readily flourishes where cool summers, adequate air circulation, average water and slightly acidic rich well-drained soil prevail. Large Band.

Blooms June.

Size: 15'–20' high x 10'–15' wide; hardy to zone 3.

Syringa reticulata ssp. pekinensis (T-0283)
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Dainty blooms and unfurling leaves forge an early spring treasure trove of color and texture.

In the last ten days, we’ve experienced all kinds of weather at Digging Dog, including frosty mornings, torrential downpours, deafening hail, glorious sunny 70 º afternoons and even sleet! Thankfully spring is almost here and signs of its arrival grow more evident every day. Brimming with possibility, youthful growth and pristine delicacy, the early spring garden is a fresh treasure trove of color and texture. The plants featured in this newsletter caught my eye while walking through the nursery and along the surrounding borders. Hopefully, a handful of them will spark your interest as well! All of us here at the nursery wish you a very happy spring and countless happy afternoons digging in a garden!

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