Lottah Nursery Tasmania, Australia

Syringa pubescens ssp. microphylla Superba

Syn: S. microphylla 'Superba', 'Littleleaf Lilac'

Introduced by Cassegrain in 1933

This is a delightful lilac in its own right, as well as being the parent commonly used for imparting repeat flowering characteristic to many of the new dwarf cultivars being bred.

Flowers are mid pink with strongly fragrant single florets borne a week or so after vulgaris, then again in Autumn, persisting until late in the season. There is often a good seed set but the literature indicates this is not often fertile; hence it is used as the pollen donor.

'Superba' grows into a largish shrub with slender limbs 3 x 2m. Limited local experience suggests it has a tendency to sucker without being invasive.

It flourishes in the cold, and is reported to be suited to marginally warmer areas as well. Resistant to mildew.

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Syringa pubescens ssp. microphylla 'Superba'

5275 (3, 10, 43, 93)