Syringa × hyacinthiflora Mount Baker Oleaceae
Mount Baker Lilac or Early Flowering Lilac si-RING-ga hi-a-sin-thi-FLO-ra
- Deciduous shrub, spreading, upright to 10-12 ft (3-3.5 m) tall and similar width. Leaves simple, alternate, broadly heart shaped, purplish in fall. Flowers white, single, very fragrant; blooms heavily and flowers appear 2 weeks before those of the Common Lilac (French Hybrids).
- Sun. In Minnesota it is reported to be very resistant to mildew and have good summer foliage (Snyder, 2000).
- Hardy to USDA Zone 2. Developed by Frank Skinner, Dropmore, Manatoba; introduced in 1961 and the cultivar name registered in 1963., marketed in Germany as SCHNEEWEISSCHEN™ (Vrugtman, 2005).
- Mount Baker: after Mount Baker in Washington State