‘Superba’ Littleleaf Lilac (Syringa microphylla) provides an incredible show of highly fragrant, deep pink flowers in mid-spring and often reblooms in late summer. Deep green leaves are smaller than those of common lilac cultivars, boasting mildew resistance superior to that of many lilacs. A delight for pollinators and gardeners alike! ‘Superba’ makes a fantastic deer-resistant anchor shrub for the back of large beds and borders, and forms a well-behaved hedge that grows wide but not overly tall. Winner of the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.
6-7’ tall x 10’ wide. ‘Superba’ Littleleaf Lilac (Syringa microphylla) is a terrific shrub for those who love the fragrance and beauty of lilac blossoms, but want more consistent and prolific blooming. ‘Superba’ bears small, deep-green, slightly fuzzy leaves upon a fairly uniform, attractive framework from mid-spring onwards. Prune lightly to maintain shape in early winter, but bear in mind that lilacs bloom on wood grown the previous season - hard winter pruning will severely diminish the spring show. Plant in average, well-drained soils that are moisture retentive. Syringa microphylla ‘Superba’ is a lover of alkaline soils and is therefore a good choice as a foundation shrub. Full sun is preferred, though partial sun is tolerated with a decrease in bloom.
Item Package Size
Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Superba Littleleaf Lilac
Syringa microphylla Superba
4, 5, 6, 7
60-84" (5-7' tall)
120-168" (10-14' wide)
Average Soil, Sandy Soil, Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil
Waterwise, Average, Moist / Wet
Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Deer Resistant, Great For Mass Plantings, Good For Hedge / Screen, Good For Cut Flowers, Fragrant Flower / Foliage
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Preferred growing conditions:
Check each species soil preferences before planting. Some do well in clay while others do not.
Mulch with common mulching materials. As they get larger (2 ft. or more in height), thicken the mulch layer to a depth of 2-3 inches.
Even xeric (waterwise) species will establish better and grow more quickly when given regular irrigation during the first 3 years in the garden. As they begin to reach maturity, watering frequency can be reduced to a good deep soaking every 10 to 14 days during the heat of summer.
Plant in full sun or part sun depending on plant preference.
Dig a wide but shallow hole and enrich the soil with ample amounts of compost and Yum Yum. This will help them to grow and mature more quickly.
Most native shrubs and trees are highly recommended for providing wildlife habitat (nesting spots, fruit or seeds for songbirds and mammals, nectar for pollinators).
They are excellent for use to grow as natural (un-sheared!) hedges along fences, property lines and driveways. They live for many years once established.
Fertilize in the fall with Yum Yum Mix and good quality compost. This is most important during the first 3 years in the landscape. Established plants don't need to be fertilized (unless growth is stunted by extremely poor soils).
Where browsing animals (rabbits, deer and others) are a problem, it is advisable to protect young plants with a wire cage. These can be removed after 3-4 years in the ground.
Mulching is essential to maintain the soil moisture these woody plants need to establish their deep growing roots. Be sure and replenish the mulch in fall and summer to keep it sufficiently deep.
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