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Purple (Blue/2 Red/4),
Lavender (Blue/2 Red/4),
Indigo (Blue/2 Red/4),

Fancy Lilacs

More colors, more sizes, more leaves

Right now this is a stub. More detail coming. Nag me if it doesn't appear soon.

The species lilacs come in a pale bluish pink (lilac...) and an off white. However the breeders have been busy over the years and there are seven recognized lilac colours, white violet, blue, lavender, pink, magenta, and purple. Not messy enough? With most of them the bud is much darker than the flower, then the flower fades in the sun. And the red pigments fade faster than the blue pigments. "What colour is your lilac?" "Let's see, it's the 10th today, it's two in the afternoon. I think the south side will be mostly Fuchsia Fantasy." Worse: They don't photograph well. Or rather the color in the picture doesn't match the colour in my memory. Maybe my memory is fading. It doesn't help that one person's magenta is another person's purple. One person's dark blue is another person's violet. I have avoided using the word purple in these descriptions, as the word is way too variable.

Flowers are single (5 petals per blossom) unless otherwise noted. First dimension is height. Early: Blooms before french lilacs. Late. Blooms after french lilacs.

French Lilacs -- Syringa vugaris

These lilacs sucker

Wonderblue Powder blue Dwarf 3-4 ft by 3-4 ft.

Wedgewood True blue 5-6 ft by 5-6 ft.

Beauty of Moscow Double pale pink, fading to white 8 ft x 5-6 ft.

Charles Joly (Sharles Zholi) Double red 8 ft x 5-6 ft.

Madame Lemoine Double white 8-10 ft. x 10 ft (wider than tall)

Paul Theirion Double pink 8 ft. x 5-6 ft.

Prairie Petite Single pink Dwarf 3-4 ft x 3 ft.

President Grevy Double Blue 10-12 ft x 8-10 ft.

Sensation Bicolour magenta with white edges 10-12 ft. x 8-10 ft

Preston Lilacs (Syringa x prestonae or S. reflexa x S. villosa)

The Preston Lilacs (or Canadian Lilacs) were originally raised at the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa (1920's Miss Isabella Preston) - a cross between S. reflexa x S. villosa . They bear most resemblance to the late flowering lilacs, often blooming to 2 weeks after the common lilac. Very cold hardy , vigorous upright rounded shrub or small tree, flowers late spring, early summer. (June) Lighter foliage has good pest/disease resistance. Other hybridizers have bred the Prestons and the parentage is not always the same....Minuet, James MacFarlane and Royalty are amongst the "honorary" Preston lilacs All zone 2, all non-suckering

Agnes Smith Single white 6-8 ft. x 5-6 ft.

Charisma Dark magenta Dwarf 3-4 ft. x 2-3 ft.

Coral Clear pink 8-10 ft. x 6-8 ft.

Donald Wyman purple buds red-purple flowers 8-10 ft x 6-8 ft.

Minuet Soft pink. 6-8 ft. x 5-6 ft.

Royalty Dark magenta 6-8 ft x 5-6 ft

Other Shrub Lilacs

Bloomerang Syringa x 'Penda' Lavender-Purple Blooms a second time in fall. 4-5 ft. by 4 ft.

Miss Kim Syringa patula Lavender-purple 6-8 ft. x 4-5 ft.

Scent & Sensibility Syringa x SMSXPM

Pocohontas Syringa x hyaciniflora pink-magenta Early

Tree Lilacs

All of these are cultivars of Syringa reticulata -- Japanese Tree Lilac. These are produced by grafting, not propagated from cuttings. The color selection is small. Any color you want as long as it's off-white.

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Lodgepole Pine in our front yard.

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