Syringa x hyacinthiflora 'Esther Staley'


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Plant type

Deciduous shrub

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photo by Christina Bollen, copyright GAP Photos (138511)

Plant details

Over a century ago common lilac was crossed with an early-flowering species to produce the first S. x hyacinthiflora hybrid, with large flowerheads, slightly looser than those of S. vulgaris, and appearing two to three weeks earlier. Several more varieties followed and were once classed as Praecox Hybrids or Early-flowering Hybrids, all distinguished by precocious flowering and also by their bronze young foliage, which turns purple in autumn. This is a particularly fine pink single variety. Plants are usually grafted on S. vulgaris rootstocks. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it their prestigious Award Of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Oleaceae

Genus: Syringa

Species: x hyacinthiflora

Cultivar: Esther Staley

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: Experienced

Height: 450cm

Spread: 450cm

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