Syringa 'REDWINE'

Syringa  'REDWINE'
Canadian lilac, Preston lilac
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF FLOWERS +multicolored:burgundy red and pink
LOCATION full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 2   (down to -45°C)
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
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Lilacs are common and reliable shrubs of our climate. So it is clear that we will not offer you something that can be seen at every corner, but speciality plants that look a bit different and bring something extraordinary to your beautiful garden.

Redwine is a Canadian lilac of so far the deepest burgundy red colour. It sweetly scented flower are tubular, and formed in partially pendent panicles. The difference between these and common lilacs is that panicles of Canadian lilac are not as clustered as on common lilac, flower 2-3 weeks later and thanks to the open flowers they make a nice and relaxed appearance on the first hot summer days.

Lance-shaped leaves are 6-12 cm long, deciduous, deep green and glossy. These lilacs do not make suckers, they are not weedy unless grafted on common lilac. Growing slower than common lilac they can be used as substitutes in areas where tall shrub would be a problem. Pruning is usually not recommended but if you need to trim or re-juvenile the plant do so immediately after flowering. Deadheading will increase number of flowers for the following year.

Canadian lilacs come from several hybridizing of syringe reflexa and syringe villosa, plus other varieties. The first one was bred by Isabella Preston from Ottawa, Canada, in 1920´s and the result was a beautiful and extremely hardy shrub. Others followed later. According to the latest terminology they are now called only “syringa x” (or just “syringa”) removing “x prestoniae” followed by variety name.

Lilacs can be grown in many soil types. For best result use reasonably fertile, moist but well-drained soil, preferably neutral or alkaline. Full sun for profuse flowering. Fully hardy to -45°C (USDA zone 2).

Last update 12-12-2008; 05-02-2012
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Syringa height of stem 90 cm

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  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
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  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
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  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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