Lottah Nursery Tasmania, Australia

Syringa vulgaris Primrose

Syn. 'Yellow Wonder'

Selected in Holland by Garrit Maarse in 1949 from a limb mutation of the pure white 'Marie Legraye'. Name was registered in 1953.

Single flowers are a most unusual pale yellow/creamy white appearing in mid-season and are strongly fragrant. 'Primrose' needs to be grown beside a white lilac to accentuate the yellow color.

Fiala states in his book that the Holden clone is superior to the standard form available in the US; having observed them flowering side by side at Lottah, we are not persuaded that it is in any way superior to the standard clone available in Australia.

There is a report from Russia of another yellow cultivar, possibly distinct from Primrose; we have acquired an image of the flowers but it may take some time to establish if it is indeed a distinct clone.

Typical of the species it grows into a largish shrub 3 x 2m and is disposed to sucker.

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Syringa vulgaris 'Primrose'

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