Syringa x prestoniae8-10' x same. S. reflexa x S. villosa. Introduced by FL Skinner, Manitoba, Canada, 1944.
Unique spicy-scented deep pinkish-red buds open to single pink flowers on large pyramidal spikes. Every spring the vulgaris lilacs come and go. Days later, there is Donald Wyman greeting us as though saying, “And you thought lilac season was over!”
The Preston lilacs were originally developed in the 1920s in Ottawa by Isabella Preston (1881-1965), the first woman to make renowned contributions to the lilac breeding world. This variety is named for a former director of Arnold Arboretum, one of America’s greatest horticulturists.
Upright dense form with few or no suckers. Z3. (1-3' bare-root plants)
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Plant in a sunny (at least 6 hours of sunlight each day) well-drained location in moderately rich soil; sandy gravelly loam is perfect. Pink, lavender and blue lilacs color up best in soil with a neutral pH. Spacing depends on your plan; lilacs perform well as hedges as well as specimens.