Syringa 'Josee'
Lilac
 
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Family: Olive family (Oleaceae)
Native Habitat: of garden origin

General Lilac Information:
Ah, Lilacs! The quintessential spring flowering shrub. The plant to buy mom for Mother's Day. The beautiful flowers and their incredible fragrance. They've been one of our most popular shrubs for centuries. In fact the first record for their cultivation dates to the 1500's.

When most people think of Lilacs, it's the "Common Lilac" (Syringa vulgaris) that springs to mind.  A wonderful shrub in many respects, it does have some serious deficiencies, three in particular. They grow too large for many gardens. Depending on variety they can max out at 8 to 15 ft. in height with a spread of 6 to 12 ft. Not a small shrub! They tend to sucker, many varieties profusely. These root suckers surround the plant at the base and really detract from what would otherwise be a nice vase-shaped form. And perhaps worst of all, they are often disease prone with powdery mildew on the foliage being particularly troublesome. Leaves can be almost completely covered by mildew in bad years.

Fortunately there are some fantastic lilac varieties that have nearly all the positives of Common Lilac with none of the negatives. We've tried to select a few of the best to offer in our catalog.

This variety: 
'Josee' is a hybrid dwarf variety introduced by the Minier Nursery of France in 1976. Never exceeding 6 ft. high and wide, it is one of the few Lilacs to re-bloom in late summer and fall. The reddish-pink buds open to heavenly fragrant light-pink flowers. Spring-time bloom is heavy. The re-bloom later in the year is lighter. 'Josee' also offers superb mildew resistance.


Ornamental Characteristics:
Extremely fragrant pink flowers in mid to late spring. Some re-bloom in late summer and fall.
Habit & Growth Rate:
Medium growth rate. Grows to 6 ft. high and wide.
Landscape Uses: Shrub border, foundation plantings, specimen plant. Flowers attract butterflies.
Hardiness: Zone 3 to 8.
Culture:
Easily grown in average garden soil. Full sun best. Excellent disease resistance.