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Syringa meyeri 'var. spontanea Palibin'


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Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour






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Plant details

Many of the lilac species are very desirable shrubs, with an elegance and charm missing from more glamorous varieties of common lilac. They often make compact, shapely bushes suitable for smaller gardens without excessive pruning. 'Palibin', formerly called S. palibiana or S. patula, is one of the loveliest, comparatively slow-growing and not reaching full size for ten years or more. The compact bushes are covered with flowers, even when young, and these are fragrant and crowded into short full clusters. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Oleaceae

Genus: Syringa

Species: meyeri

Cultivar: var. spontanea Palibin

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 150cm

Spread: 150cm

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