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Lilacs for Central New York Landscapes

Early June-Blooming Lilacs

James Macfarlane lilac bears light pink flowers from late May throguh the first week or so in June.To escape damage from late season frosts in Canada, these lilacs were bred for their lateness of bloom. As a result, they extend the bloom season for shrub-like lilacs into the second week of June - at least!

As a group, unfortunately, they tend not to have the lush fragrance of the early-blooming S. x hyacinthiflora, common and French hybrid lilacs.

This group of lilacs also tend to grow larger (up to fifteen feet tall and ten to twelve feet wide) than the earlier-blooming types and don’t readily send up suckers that can be used to rejuvenate overgrown plants. Therefore, they're not good choices for small spaces unless trained as small, multiple-stemmed trees.

`Agnes Smith'
Almost white
Closest to a pure white flower in this group.
`Donald Wyman'
Almost red
Close to a pure, light red flower with slightly spicy fragrance.
`James Macfarlane’
Possibly the most readily available, late-blooming lilac - picture at top of page.
`Miss Canada’
Deep pink
Deep pink flowers have a light fragrance.
Deep purple
Deepest purple of the late-blooming lilacs.
Deep red
Deep magenta-red.
Smaller (six to eight feet) than other late-blooming cultivars.