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PlantFiles: Lilac
Syringa 'Betsy Ross'

Family: Oleaceae (oh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Syringa (si-RING-gah) (Info)
Cultivar: Betsy Ross

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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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:

Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive b_schr On Jun 2, 2011, b_schr from Wayne, NE (Zone 4b) wrote:

This like the other lilacs I have grown does well in zone 4. Around here (NE Nebraska) lilacs in general handle dry feet and heat well once established. So the first season and sporadically as needed the second season, I water with a deep root waterer to lure the roots down deeper. After that they're fine getting along with rainfall.

Positive kjay On Mar 26, 2010, kjay from Helotes, TX wrote:

I grew up in the North, so when I moved to San Antonio, TX, I missed seeing lilacs in the Spring. I researched, and found that the Betsy Ross was designed for the South. I sent for one, and planted it where it would get morning sun. The first year I got very few blooms, the second a few more, and this Spring it's full of blooms (relatively speaking). Last summer, San Antonio had about 60 days over 100 degrees in a severe drought, so the plant proved that it could survive in warm, dry weather (with supplemental water, of course). The flowers look and smell great even if they are white.


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

San Anselmo, California
Wayne, Nebraska
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Helotes, Texas
Manassas, Virginia

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