James McFarlane Lilac
Syringa x prestoniae "James McFarlane"
Syringa x prestoniae "James McFarlane" flowers
(Photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries)
Height: 10 feet
Spread: 8 feet
Hardiness Zone: 2a
Group/Class: Preston Lilac
A very attractive and hardy tall accent shrub with upright panicles of lightly fragrant pink flowers in late spring; multi-stemmed and upright, forms a large ball; a superb specimen plant; full sun and well-drained soil; non-suckering
James McFarlane Lilac features showy panicles of lightly-scented hot pink flowers rising above the foliage in late spring. It has forest green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves turn buttery yellow in fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The smooth gray bark is not particularly outstanding.
James McFarlane Lilac is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.
This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.
James McFarlane Lilac is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- General Garden Use
- Mass Planting
James McFarlane Lilac will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.
This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments.
This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.