Preston - 'Minuet' -
An extremely attractive and tight-formed shrub with upright panicles of lightly fragrant pink flowers in late spring. The dense nature of the dark green foliage and non suckering nature makes the Minuet Lilac ideal as a privacy hedge.
Minuet Flowers
Minuet Flowers
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Botanical (latin) name: Sryinga x prestoniae 'Minuet'
Zone 2
Height 8ft (2.5m) Spread 6ft (2m)
summer leaf colour - dark green Fall leaf colour - yellow
Seeds small oval woody Bark - smooth grey
Blossom colour - light pink Fragrance - subtle
Habit - Upright rounded Placement - full sun, moist well drained soils
Why would you want this shrub? Floral Hedge, feature plant, middle row of a multi row planting


Ornamental Features:
Minuet Preston Lilac features showy panicles of lightly-scented lavender flowers rising above the foliage in late spring, which emerge from distinctive purple flower buds. It has forest green foliage throughout the season turning a buttery yellow in fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The smooth gray bark is not particularly outstanding.
Landscape Attributes:
Minuet Preston Lilac is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other 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 to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Minuet Preston Lilac is recommended for the following landscape applications;

Accent Mass Planting Hedges/Screening General Garden Use
Plant Characteristics:
Minuet Preston Lilac will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 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.

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.

Mature Tree in Full Bloom
Mature Tree in Full Bloom

Privacy Hedge
Privacy Hedge

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