Every gardener loves the sweet fragrance and lush blooms of lilacs. These elegant shrubs are a highlight of late spring. But sadly, the delectable blooms are gone all too quickly, leaving you pining for that perfume until next year.
Well, not anymore! Spring Hill Nurseries® has a special treat just for lilac lovers like you—Josee Lilac— a truly amazing reblooming lilac!
While most lilacs bloom for only a couple weeks, Josee keeps going and going, offering up a cascade of gorgeous, heavenly-scented flowers intermittently from late spring until frost!
This miracle of floral beauty is the result of painstaking work by expert breeders. To achieve such a long blooming period, they crossbred three different lilac types over the course of many years. The results speak for themselves. Josee is fast becoming THE lilac to grow—even more popular than traditional French lilacs.
An American Tradition
Native to Europe and Asia, lilacs (Syringa) include about 20 species of deciduous, flowering shrubs and are members of the olive family. Lilacs have been enjoyed by American gardeners since the mid 1750s. Especially popular in New England, where they were sometimes called €œpipe trees,€ they were grown in America's first botanical gardens. Both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew them. Today, there are over 1,000 varieties of lilacs, but none can compare to Josee the amazing reblooming lilac—giving you a whole season's worth of beauty and fragrance.
Hundreds of lavender-pink florets appear on long, luxuriant panicles. After the first heavy bloom in late spring, given adequate moisture, Josee will continue to flower intermittently all summer long until frost. All the while, the heady sweet fragrance attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. At just 4-6' tall with a 4-5' spread, this delightful dwarf variety is perfect for borders, hedges or as a stand-alone specimen. Simply wonderful for bouquets!
The Heady Perfume You Adore!
Aside from roses, there is no flower as aromatic as lilac. And Josee is simply unbeatable when it comes to tantalizing fragrance. Just a single bouquet of the lush panicles will fill an entire room with perfume! They add both visual and fragrant impact to any mixed arrangement. Dry the blooms for charming sachets—perfect for dresser drawers or as gifts for your friends and family!
Attracts Hummingbirds and Butterflies—but Not Deer!
Josee is great for attracting colorful, beneficial wildlife to your property. Beautiful butterflies and pollinating bees can't resist the fragrant flowers. Ruby-throated hummingbirds are also connoisseurs of lilac nectar. However, one animal that won't visit your lilacs is deer!
Easy-Care Beauty that Lasts for Decades
Josee is tough, deer resistant and hardy in zones 2-9. For best results, simply plant in full sun in well-draining, humus-rich soil. To encourage more plentiful blooms, you can remove spent flowers using a pair of hand pruners. Josee may be easily trimmed and shaped as you desire. One of our favorite places for these lilacs is near the kitchen window—the sweet perfume drifts right in on the summer breeze! Like trees, lilac bushes can live for hundreds of years, so you may look forward to a lifetime of lilac-scented summers!
Botanical Name: Syringa 'Josee'
Common Name: Lilac
Form: Deciduous woody shrub
Root System: Fibrous
Sun Exposure: Partial Shade/Full Sun
Height/Habit: 4 - 6'
Spread: 4 - 5'
Spacing: 4 - 6'
Hardiness Zone: 5 - 8
Flowering Date: Late spring, intermittent blooming until frost.
Duration: Intermittent through summer.
Cut Flowers: Yes
Dried Flowers: No
Shipping Season: Fall
Unique Characterstics: A dwarf lilac noted for its ability to bloom intermittently until frost. Josee is the result of a three-way cross between S. meyeri, S. patula and S. microphylla. A hardy lilac that is just the right size for a specimen planting or hedge row. Because of its smaller stature than regular lilacs, the landscape possibilities are endless.
Flower Color: Lavender-Pink blooms.
Flower Form: Full, dense panicles 4 - 5" long of small trumpet-shaped flowers.
Foliage Type: Small, ovate to heart-shaped, medium green leaves.
Fragrance: Very fragrant
Resistance: Watch for powdery mildew
Pruning: Prune as necessary to maintain shape.
Pruning Time: After flowering.
Soil Requirement: Well-drained , humus-enriched soil.
Additional Information: Best repeat blooming when planted in full sun.
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I got two of these back in 2007 from Springhill but was disappointed. Not many blooms, and kind of sparse, year after year. Then someone told me to add ashes from the fireplace during the winter and presto! That, with Espoma lime in early March, did the trick. Mine look like the Springhill picture now.
"I boughttwo of these pretty plants last spring (2011). They started to grow almost immediatey. Unfortunately, I lost one because the intense heat burned it and the roots just couldn't grow. The other one is still okay and hopefully will grow to see another season. Just too hot and dry this year for little ones. I'll be watching next spring!"
"It arrived in September 2010. A great start, but our local deer eat absolutely everything, so they ate all the leaves very soon. I was not discouraged. I built a protective fence and I saw it coming to life in spring. Then I got my second surprise: the tiny plant not even 10 inches tall produced 3 beautiful flowers! Amazing. Then came the 3rd surprise: in the midst of rain and bloom, it died as if not watered at all. Why? But I will try again. From what I have seen it will be worth it."
"I bought one of these 2 years ago, started it in a pot until my new bed was ready. It grew to 4 feet the first year-wow! You do need to water often and remove spent flowers to get it to rebloom, but mine now blooms until November. Buy this!!!"
received in sept of 2009. have already grown two inches. ordered plants this year and many didnt survive due to severe weather. springhill replaced dead plants and new ones are doing great. best mail order i have used and great customer service.
"got plants in sept 09, have already grown about 2 inches. Love springhill nuseries. Have had really bad weather this year, and springhill has replaced all of the plants that I ordered this year that did not make due to the weather. thank you springhill. great prices and company to order from."
"After three years in the ground this Josee lilac is fantastic. Heavy blooms, and the growth rate is fast it's now 5 foot tall. Beautiful plant."
"Last year I bought a ""Josee Reblooming Lilac"" from Springhill. It has now been in the ground for two years. The plant has grown to ten times its original size! Like my other lilac bushes it bloomed in the spring. Now, as our Mediterranean weather pattern heats up into the 90's it is still adding new growth at a prodigious rate. In addition to the foliar growth I am seeing many partially opened and un-opened flower panicles appearing. This lilac is amazing. It is hard to get lilacs to perform their best in our dry, hot California climate. If I were to recommend only one Lilac to a fellow Zone 9 Gardener, it would be this one. This little plant is out performing the Lilacs that were planted when the house was first built in 1930. A hardy, constant performer."
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