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Miss Ellen Willmott Lilac

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An old favorite and for good reason, with fragrant panicles of double pure-white flowers on a rounded multi-stemmed shrub, very hardy, tends to sucker, ideal for screening; full sun and well-drained soil, allow room for air movement

Characteristics

Species:
vulgaris
Other Species Names:
Common Lilac
Average Landscape Height:
10 feet
Average Landscape Width:
10 feet
Genus:
Syringa
Cultivar:
Miss Ellen Willmott
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
leggy
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
prune after flowering
Flower Color:
white
Flower Fragrance:
high
Flower Period:
in mid spring
Summer Foliage Color:
sea green
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Pollution Tolerance:
high

Ornamental Features

Miss Ellen Willmott Lilac features showy panicles of fragrant white flowers rising above the foliage in mid spring. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has bluish-green deciduous foliage. The heart-shaped leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color.

Landscape Attributes

Miss Ellen Willmott 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.

Planting & Growing

Miss Ellen Willmott Lilac will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 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 a species not originally from North America.

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