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Syringa vulgaris 'Krasavitsa Moskvy'

Family: Oleaceae (oh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Syringa (si-RING-gah) (Info)
Species: vulgaris (vul-GAIR-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Krasavitsa Moskvy
Additional cultivar information: (aka Beauty of Moscow)

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7 members have or want this plant for trade.


10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting

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

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
By grafting
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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5 positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Dec 23, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

I've always though of this as one of the best of cultivars of common lilac. Buds are dusty rose, and the large double flowers open attractively tinged with this color as well, aging to white. Flower clusters are large as well.

This is singled out by Jack Alexander (chief propagator for the Arnold Arboretum and its famous lilac collection) as one of the best of the "white" lilacs.

Like other common lilacs, this will not flower or indefinitely survive where the climate does not allow sufficient cold dormancy. Its southern limit is roughly Z7.

Positive Rowantree9 On Mar 12, 2012, Rowantree9 from Lowry Crossing, TX wrote:

Moving to north Texas ( McKinney) 8 years ago from MA I stupidly ordered my favorite plants via catalogue because I could not find them
Locally. The Beauty of Moscow lilac was put in a amended spot near large trees on the north east corner of my house. It's now 8 years and I've got over 12 blooms. I know that's not much for a lilac but I cherish those flowers every year. It would probably give more blooms if there was a bit more sun for it. But I don't dare trim too much for fear of the terrible sun/ heat. As its grown taller the blooms are getting better since I guess the top of it is getting the most hours of sun. I may add some mulched pine needles to
See if a bit lower PH in our super alk. Soil might help
It get more of what it needs. Im careful not to over water it even in the hot hot summer. It is a slower grower here....But it's worth trying your favorites even if the locals tell you not to. In Texas it's about location and soil.

Neutral cloverlymd On Jun 21, 2011, cloverlymd from Silver Spring, MD wrote:

Enormous panicles of tightly doubled flowers, somewhat stingily produced. Big and sometimes ungainly plant. I find that oftentimes the flowers suffer some sort of rain damage. Scented enough but nothing to write home about compared to other lilacs.

Positive CanyonRoad On May 19, 2011, CanyonRoad from Colorado Springs, CO (Zone 5a) wrote:

I purchased my plant by mail order from Wayside Gardens seven years ago. It flowered in the second year, and every year since. The flower clusters are exquisitely beautiful, large and very fragrant. The double white florets open from pink buds. The plant is a rather slow grower, sparsely foliaged, tall and lanky. The flower clusters are not borne in great numbers for me, but are so lovely that it doesn't matter. I look forward eagerly to seeing them every year.

Positive msbeekeeper On Mar 14, 2011, msbeekeeper from sherwood park, AB (Zone 3a) wrote:

I live in Northern Alberta where it goes down to -40 most winters. No die back and blooms every year. Got it totally bare root and it bloomed the first year and has never missed in the last 15 years+. About 6-7 ft tall. Love it!!

Neutral suewylan On Jul 28, 2010, suewylan from North Fork, CA (Zone 7b) wrote:

The flowers on this lilac are lovely, but I, too, am wondering when this plant will grow. Only 2 ft tall after 5 years.

Positive northgrass On May 25, 2008, northgrass from West Chazy, NY (Zone 4b) wrote:

In my opinion this is one of the most beautiful lilacs. Double white flowers opening from lilac pink buds gives a very nice effect. It is a rather tall and open shrub. It does not seem to sucker as much as most lilacs.

Neutral WInovice On Apr 24, 2008, WInovice from Hudson, WI wrote:

I planted two of these in west central Wisconsin (4b) about 3 years ago. I just checked and they have leaf buds (LATE srping here) and are looking healthy, but they have not grown much...are only about 2 feet tall and have only one stem each.

How long should I expect it will take for them to do some major growing? Is there something I should do to encourage more stems? Fertilize?


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

Ozone, Arkansas
Temecula, California
Colorado Springs, Colorado (2 reports)
Grand Junction, Colorado
Ridgefield, Connecticut
Silver Spring, Maryland
Lexington, Massachusetts
Quincy, Massachusetts
Roslindale, Massachusetts
East Tawas, Michigan
Stephenson, Michigan
Polson, Montana
Beulaville, North Carolina
Edgeley, North Dakota
Chester, South Carolina
Mc Kinney, Texas
East Port Orchard, Washington

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