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Height: 12 feet
Spread: 9 feet
Hardiness Zone: 2a
Other Names: Common Lilac
Group/Class: French Hybrid Lilac
A striking tall spring-blooming shrub featuring potently fragrant double pink flowers in upright panicles; upright, multi-stemmed habit, very hardy, tends to sucker, ideal for screening; full sun and well-drained soil, allow room for air movement
The beauty of Moscow Lilac features showy panicles of fragrant white flowers with shell pink overtones rising above the foliage in mid-spring, which emerge from distinctive pink flower buds. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has bluish-green foliage throughout the season. The heart-shaped leaves do not develop any appreciable fall colour.
Beauty of Moscow Lilac is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.
This should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favour of tastier treats. The beauty of Moscow Lilac is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
The beauty of Moscow Lilac will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 9 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.
This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner-city environments. This is a selected variety of species not originally from North America.