James McFarlane Lilac

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James McFarlane Lilac

James McFarlane Lilac

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Flowers rosy-purple buds open to single pink flowers in large pyramidal clusters (panicles), mild fragrance. Has excellent mildew resistance. Introduced in 1959 by Albert F. Yeager (1892-1961) of the University of New Hampshire. It is the result of a cross of S. ×josiflexa 'Royalty' × an unknown.

What is the average size of a James McFarlane ?

Deciduous shrub, reaching heights of 8-10 feet tall and spanning 6-8 feet wide (2.4-3 x 1.8-2.5 meters) upright.


It tends to grow somewhat tall, typically reaching a clearance of around 3 feet from the ground, making it suitable for planting beneath power lines. It maintains a moderate growth rate and, under optimal conditions, can thrive for approximately 30 years.

This shrub thrives in full sunlight and exhibits great adaptability to both dry and moist environments, making it well-suited for various landscape settings. It shows indifference to soil type or pH level. Moreover, it displays high tolerance to urban pollution, thriving even in inner-city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.



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LATIN NAME Syringa x prestoniae 'James Macfarlane'
COMMON NAME James McFarlane Lilac
SUN EXPOSURE Thrives in full sunlight
HXW@10 YEARS 8-10 feet tall, 6-8 feet wide
LEAF TYPE Broadleaf
FORM Upright

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