Culture: Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates light shade, but best bloom quality and disease resistance occur in full sun. Prefers rich, moist, neutral soils. Foliage needs good air circulation. Prompt removal of faded flower panicles before seed set will increase bloom for the following year. Prune as needed immediately after flowering.
Noteworthy Characteristics: Syringa pubescens subsp. microphylla, commonly known as littleleaf lilac, is a dense, compact, mounded, spreading, deciduous, small-leaved shrub that grows to 6-7′ tall and to 12′ wide. Single, sweetly fragrant, lilac-pink flowers arranged in dense clusters (panicles to 4″ long) bloom in May. Elliptic to ovate, medium green leaves (to 2″ long) are slightly hairy below. In comparison to the subspecies, ‘Superba’ features (1) deep pink blooms, (2) a more profuse May bloom, (3) sporadic rebloom in summer and/or fall, (4) a slightly broader habit (to 14′ wide) and (5) better foliage resistance to powdery mildew. Synonymous with S. microphylla ‘Superba’. Zones 4 to 7.
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