Lottah Nursery Tasmania, Australia
Bred by Isabel Preston at Ottawa in 1930 but only introduced in 1951 with name presumed registered in 1953.
Often classified as a x prestoniae hybrid, this is in fact a cross of S. komarowii ssp. reflexa and a lilac mislabelled 'S. wolfii' originating from the Lemoine Nursery in France.
Bearing large clusters of tubular pink flowers resembling those of x prestoniae in late season, it differs from the group in having a repeat crop of flowers in Autumn. Reported to be a compact semi-dwarf shrub growing to 1.8 m.
Has demonstrated no inclination to sucker at the Nursery.
[ILS Journal 32/4 carries the reprint of a 1946 article by Preston which includes some information on the origins of this cultivar.]
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50401-4368 (2, 7, 29, 83)