Native Region: China
Syringa komarowii ssp. reflexa
Zone Range: 6-9
Preferred Climate: Semi sun; well draining humus rich soil.
Harvest Date: Tuesday 04 December, 2012
Seed count: 25-30
This rarity is not your everyday lilac. Open multibranched arching form grows to 4 meters in height with a 5 meter spread. In May, great clusters of sweetly fragrant pink flower trusses hang in abundance to scent the air...a great hummingbird magnet. Large dull green leaves. Does well growing in a shady multi shrub border or as a specimen. Trouble free.
Introduced by George Forrest in 1907 in one his many plant hunting expeditions in China. Originally found growing in limestone soils, but its obviously adaptable as it performs wonderfully in our acidic west coast soils.
Soak seed 24 hours. Sow 7 mm deep in moist sand, keep moist and cold stratify 30-60 days. Some mulch helps keep seed from working its way to the surface. Place seeding pot in a protected spot as seedlings do better in a shady site. Sow thinly as seedlings don't like being crowded.