Syringa x hyacinthiflora 'Excel'

Excel Lilac

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Description

Introduced in 1935, Excel early-flowering lilac produces fragrant single lavender blooms. The cultivar is derived from a cross between the common lilac and the Asian lilac. This large deciduous shrub that can tolerate more summer heat than most other lilacs. Plant in full sun in fertile, well drained soils and site to receive good air movement during the growing season.

Members of the genus Syringa, commonly known as lilacs, are shrubs or small trees prized for their showy and fragrant blooms in late spring. The individual flowers are tubular in form and are borne in large panicles. While the common name of the plant has come to define a shade of pale purple, some species and hybrids have pink or white blossoms. Lilacs begin to set buds for the following year shortly after they finish blooming; if pruning is desired, it should be done immediately after flowering to maintain flower production the next year.

Lilacs are native to cooler temperate areas of southeastern Europe and eastern Asia with winter temperatures below freezing; there are no lilacs native to North America. The genus includes at least 12 species and numerous hybrids and cultivars. The Chicago Botanic Garden's collection contains over 50 varieties of lilac and more than 800 plants.

Soil
Moderate
Plant Shape
Upright
Exposure
Full Sun
Bloom Time
May - June
Bloom Color
Lavender
Landscape Use
Screen/Hedge
Wildlife Interest
Attracts Butterflies, Resistant To Deer
Plant Type
Shrub
Hardiness Zone
3 - 9