Every gardener loves the sweet fragrance and lush blooms of lilacs. These elegant shrubs are a highlight of late spring. 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. Perfect for borders, hedges or as a stand-alone specimen, this lilac will attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer resistant. Ships in 4" pot. Zones 5-8.
This little gem surprised me this year. My husband ordered this for me by surprise a couple years ago and it didn't really do much, but this Spring it burst out all over with beautiful blooms and very fragrant. Love it and plan to order another one. This time I will plant closer to the deck so we can enjoy the fragrance. Butterflies were all over it too.
Great Lilac Plant
Jun 4, 2015 | By Kelly Flint
I just received my lilac plant from SpringHill Nurseries and I must say I want surprised on how tall the plant I received. I had placed a previous order with another nursery and SH's was 3 times the size. I will update later with the progression of this great plant.
These suckers are hardy!
Jun 1, 2015 | By Tori
Slow to start but, now established, they are taking off. Ordered three (3) of these shrubs only to have our Border Collie gnaw the heck out of one before it was even planted. I planted it anyway, mangled and only having some root stock left, and though it's taken about three years, all of them are now at about 3.5 feet tall and have heavy blooms! Just waiting for them to now spread out.
Reblooming Josee Lilac
Oct 13, 2014 | By Judy
I bought this several years ago. The blooms are beautiful yet sparse but I will add ashes this fall as suggested by a previous reviewer. I trim it after the spring bloom but it has never rebloomed in the fall. I recently bought the pink Josee. Any suggestions on reblooming?
Great so far.
May 5, 2014 | By devin bent
I got one last fall and planted not expecting much -- we have harsh winters and this last one was bad. I lost lavender supposedly hardy to zone 9, but this lilac leafed out this spring and bloomed -- beautiful but more violet than the photo.
These need alkaline soil
Apr 14, 2014 | By Moira French
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.
Sep 10, 2011 | By Ann
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!
Jun 15, 2011 | By Gosia
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.
Feb 11, 2011 | By Pam
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!!!
May 9, 2010 | By troy
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.
May 7, 2010 | By troy
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.
Perfect plant for screen planting.
May 6, 2010 | By Bob Kaminsky
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.
Jul 2, 2009 | By Robert
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.
May 7, 2009 | By Ethel M. Pearson
I have bought plants,from Springhill for years,everything is first class with an iron clad guarantee for life, I TELL Everyone buy your plants from Springhill, They have the best, and they are replaced for life, Prices are the best. I just planted three iris plants and one is blooming already. Has'nt been in the ground more than a week. I never thought Iris would grow in Florida, but Springhill has them, Thanks Springhill, Your Plants are the best. And your Company has the best guarantee than anyone in the world, Thanks Ethel M. Pearson