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Syringa x josiflexa Bellicent



Beautifully scented flowers in spring

An elegant and graceful lilac with dark green, oval, pointed leaves on fine dark stems. The branches are upright, but arch under the weight of the leaves and flowers. The tubular, rose pink flowers are wonderfully fragrant and appear in late spring in large loose clusters that cascade from the dark foliage. A wonderful shrub for the back of a border and more attractive when not flowering than the common lilac.


Plant in full sun or semi-shade in large beds or borders or as a specimen.


Any well-drained fertile soil; good on clay. Prune after flowering, removing some of the shoots that have flowered. Exceptionally hardy and reliable.

This hardy lilac was originally raised in Ottawa, Canada by Miss Isabella Preston

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering May - June
Evergreen No
Plant height 250 cm - 400 cm
Plant width 250 cm - 400 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 200 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden

Typically available

From March to September