Villosa or Late Lilac is a dense tall shrub with stout ascending branches. This species blooms later than the common lilac. Lavender-pinkish flowers fade to gray-white. This species does not sucker.
Crown Height: 6-10 feet
Crown Width: 5-10 feet
Cold Hardiness: USDA Zone 2
Water: Less drought tolerant than common lilac. Performed well in drought of late 1980's. Does not withstand ponding.
Light: Full sun.
Conservation/windbreaks: Medium to tall shrub for farmstead windbreaks and highway beautification.
Wildlife: Little value for fruit or browse may be of value for nesting by songbirds.
Agroforestry Products: Floral design, semi-fragrant cut flowers.
Pests: Potential disease pests include several types of leaf spots and blights; insect pests include lilac borer, caterpillars, scales and leaf miners. Extracts from Syringa species are toxic to various insect pests.