#42 Hybrid French Lilacs (Syringa vulgaris hybrids)

posted Jan 11, 2012, 2:54 PM by Western Sonoma County Historical Society   [ updated Jan 12, 2012, 8:01 AM ]

Hybrid French Lilacs

Fragrant Burbank hybrids that bear both single and double flowers of purple, lavender and white. One is bicolor.

In his 1927 survey of the Farm's plantings, botanist John Bregger considered this group of several Burbank hybrid lilacs to be the most important of the never-introduced plants growing here. With some nearby oaks removed to allow more sunlight to reach them, the lilacs flowered for the first time in decades in 1991. There are single and double flowered forms, both purple and white, and a form with two-toned flowers. All are highly fragrant.