Syringa microphylla
Littleleaf Lilac
Type/Hardiness Herbaceous, Perennial, Hardy
Flowering period Spring, summer, autumn
Height 1.5-2.5m
Light preference Sun
Soil preference Any reasonable, free-draining soil
Sowing time/depth Any but autumn recommended, 0.25in/6mm
A diminutive version of the familiar lilac, with small leaves and loose, sweetly-scented clusters of tiny, purple-pink flowers in spring. More often than not, flowers continue to appear throughout the summer and into early autumn. Although best sited in full sun, it will generally cope well with part shade. NOTE: Externally sourced seeds.
Sowing and/or growing instructions
There is usually good success from simply sowing in autumn, in a pot of good quality, moist compost, 0.25in/6mm deep and keeping outside over the winter months, this cold period helping to break dormancy. However, some sources suggest scarifying by soaking in water for 24 hours, followed by warm, then cold stratification, each for 60 days. Carefully transfer seedlings, as they develop, into individual pots and grow on until the plants are large enough to plant out, preferably in full sun.
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