Josee Lilac

Josee Lilac

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A Petite, Fragrant Pink Explosion
SKU 25848
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Key Characteristics

3 - 8

Mature Height

5 Feet

Mature Width

5 Feet

Sun / Shade

Full Sun, Part Shade

Moisture Level

Moist, well-drained

Soil Type

Normal, loamy

Description / Josee Lilac

Lilac blossoms in August? It could happen with this reblooming wonder! Josee is a dwarf Lilac with a flower-happy nature that just doesn't quit. Very resistant to mildew, it thrives even in the sultry climates of zone 8, and farther north it reliably sets blooms all summer and fall, long after most Lilacs have given it up for the year!

The most brilliant display is in late spring and early summer, when this little 4- to 5-foot-tall tree just erupts into pinkish-lavender blossom. The fragrance is heavenly, as hundreds upon thousands of tiny tube-shaped blossoms, grouped into showy 3- to 4-inch clusters, release the scent that means "springtime" to many lucky gardeners! Cut all you want for the house, and deadhead the rest promptly, which will give Josee the signal that you're ready for some reblooms, please!

Josee's dwarf size also means that you can grow her in a container on the urban balcony, pint-sized deck, or smallest garden. Give her full sun and enriched, well-drained soil, keep her adequately watered during dry spells, and this tiny Lilac will repay you with more blossoms than you could have dreamed of! She spreads 4 to 5 feet wide, making a show stopping fragrant hedge, accent planting, or specimen in any sunny spot.

Lilacs do not fare well in the short, warm, moist spring weather of the deep south, but Josee outshines most others, blooming reliably through zone 8. Superbly mildew-resistant, this is one of the few Lilacs that can withstand the warm, moist nights of southern and midwestern climates.

In a mixed planting, set Josee among long-bloomers such as Daylilies. It isn't a French Lilac (the most commonly grown type in this country), but an exotic and ultra-hardy blend of Korean, Littleleaf, and Meyer's Lilacs. The results are spectacular!

Space these trees 3 to 4 feet apart in the sunny garden. Zones 3-8.

Product Details

Item Form 1-Quart
Genus Syringa
Species hybrid
Variety 'Josee'
Product Classification Trees and Shrubs
Habit Dwarf
USDA Zone Low 3
USDA Zone High 8
Sun / Shade Full Sun, Part Shade
Bloom Color Lavender, Pink
Bloom Season Start Early Spring
Bloom Season End Late Summer
Foliage Color Medium Green
Resistance Cold Hardy, Disease Resistant, Pest Resistant
Special Features Bloom First Year, Easy Care Plants, Fast Growing, Flower, Fragrance, Long Bloomers, Repeat Bloomer
Uses Border, Containers, Cut Flowers, Hedge, Specimen
Zone 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
State Shipping Restrictions AZ, GU, HI, PR, VI, WI
Shipping Method Restrictions none
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