Villosa Lilac, aka Late Lilac, is a relatively large and cold hardy shrub.
Its mauve flowers grow in clusters at the end of its branches during mid to late summer and fade to a light pink as it matures. Villosa Lilac grows quickly and is very drought resistant, making it most suitable for the outer row of a shelterbelt. Its roots are non-suckering and it does not compete with nearby crops.
This species is also known as one of the more salt-tolerant species for those with saline soils.
Many people alternate villosa and common purple lilacs to create the impression that the hedge is in flower for almost a full month.
Zone: 2a Height: 5 m (16 ft) Spread: 3 m (10 ft) Moisture: dry, normal Light: full sun Fall colour: yellow Flowers: fragrant purple clusters Growth rate: medium Life span: medium Maintenance: low Suckering: low Pollution tolerance: high
In row spacing: 0.9 m (3 ft) Between row spacing: 5 m (16 ft)