Syringa × persica
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Deciduous shrub, 4-8 ft (1.2-2.4 m) tall with a somewhat greater width, densely branched, upright, then arching. Leaves opposite, simple, lanceolate, 3-6 cm long, occasionally pinnate or 3-lobed, dull dark green. Flower clusters 5-8 cm long, pale-lilac, but also selections that are white, light pink or dark pink, fragrant.
- Sun or part shade. Powery mildew may be a problem on leaves in some areas.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 5
- S. × persica has been cultivated for a very long time, in Persia and elsewhere. At one time it was considered a separate species, but is it sterile, and hence considered a hybrid, possibly of S. afghanica × S. laciniata, or of S. oblata and S. laciniata. However, it is sometimes regarded as a stable, juvenile form of S. laciniata.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: northeast corner of Pharmacy; south side 11th Street Gate