Preston - 'James MacFarlane'
James McFarlane Lilac features showy panicles of lightly-scented hot pink flowers rising above the foliage in late spring. It has forest green foliage throughout the season turning buttery yellow in fall. Perfect as a privacy hedge!
 James Mcfarlane Flower
James Mcfarlane Flower
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Botanical (latin) name: Syringa prestoniae 'James MacFarlane'
Zone 2a
Height 10ft (3m) Spread 8ft (2.5m)
summer leaf colour - dark green Fall leaf colour - Bright Burgundy
Seeds small oval woody Bark - smooth grey
Blossom colour - bright pink Fragrance - subtle
Habit - Upright vase shape Placement - full sun, moist well drained soils
Why would you want this shrub? Spring fragrance, vsiual barrier, middle or back row in a multi-row planting

Description:
A very attractive and hardy tall accent shrub with upright panicles of lightly fragrant bright pink flowers that emerge in late spring. The brown seeds and smooth gray bark are not particularly outstanding. The shrub has a multi-stem upright habit making it a superb specimen plant or privacy hedge.

Its relatively coarse texture and dark green leaves can be used to stand it apart from other lighter shorter landscape plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies but not deer.It

The James McFarlane Lilac will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments.

The Difference Between French Hybrids and Preston Lilacs

Characteristic..........French Hybrid........Preston

Suckering...................YES......................NO

Fragrance.................INTENSE..............SUBTLE

Bloom Period..........EARLY SPRING......LATE SPRING

Blossoms..................DOUBLE............. SINGLE

Leaves.......................SMOOTH.............CRENELATED

Fascinating Foliage Facts

The Preston Lilacs were developed by Isabella Preston in the early 1920s. Born in 1881 in Lancaster England, she emigrated to Canada in 1912 where she worked at the Ontario Agricultural College (now Guelph University) to become the first woman hybridist in Canada. At her death in 1965 she had developed hundreds of hardier varieties of lilies, lilacs, crabapples iris and roses.

Juvenile Plant
Juvenile Plant

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Price last updated on May 10, 2018 Listing of Lilacs

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