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PlantFiles: Preston Lilac
Syringa x prestoniae 'Minuet'

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Family: Oleaceae (oh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Syringa (si-RING-gah) (Info)
Species: x prestoniae (pres-TON-ee-ay) (Info)
Cultivar: Minuet

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Category:
Shrubs

Height:
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing:
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Violet/Lavender

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Foliage:
Deciduous

Other details:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Profile:

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Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Neutral coriaceous On Mar 28, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

The Preston lilacs bloom 2 weeks later than common lilac (S. vulgaris) and are often said to be one zone hardier (to Z2, though Dirr does not agree). They may be useful in Z2, and for extending the lilac season in a lilac collection.

However, the fragrance is quite unlike that of common lilac, and to my nose much less pleasant, more like privet.

These hybrid lilacs originated in crosses between S. villosa and S. reflexa. They are not descended from common lilac (S. vulgaris), and have a different fragrance.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Spencer, Massachusetts
Rushford, Minnesota
Delavan, Wisconsin



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