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Pocahontas Lilac

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Pocahontas Lilac (Syringa x hyacinthiflora ‘Pocahontas’)An exceptional tall accent shrub featuring upright panicles of deliciously fragrant bluish-purple flowers in early spring on an upright growing shrub, memorable in bloom; needs full sun and well-drained soil, limited suckering, good disease resistance

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
12 feet
Average Landscape Width:
9 feet
Growth Rate:
medium
Genus:
Syringa
Species:
x hyacinthiflora
Cultivar:
Pocahontas
Flower Color:
purple
Flower Period:
in early spring
Summer Foliage Color:
sea green
Fall Color:
dark purple
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
leggy
Pruning:
prune after flowering
Pollution Tolerance:
high
Other Species Names:
Hyacinth-Flowered Lilac
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Flower Bud Color:
burgundy
Flower Fragrance:
high

Ornamental Features

Pocahontas Lilac features showy panicles of fragrant purple flowers rising above the foliage in early spring, which emerge from distinctive burgundy flower buds. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has bluish-green deciduous foliage. The heart-shaped leaves turn an outstanding deep purple in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Pocahontas 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

Pocahontas 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 particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

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