Syringa vulgaris Aucubaefolia (syn. ? Dappled Dawn) Oleaceae
Aucubaefolia Lilac si-RING-ga vul-GAH-ris
- Broadleaf deciduous shrub, 8-10 ft [2.4-3 m], upright, rounded. Leaves opposite, simple, irregularly splashed yellow variegation, considered similar to that of aucuba foliage, hence Aucubaefolia. Flowers have deep purple buds open to double or semi-double, fragrant lilac-blue blossoms.
- Aucubaefolia arose as a sport from President Grevy.
- The variegated cultivar Dappled Dawn is sometimes listed as the same as Aucubaefolia, however, one authority, Ronald Houtman [Variegated Trees and Shrubs: The Illustrated Encyclopedia. Timber Press, 2004] states that the flowers of Dappled Dawn are single not semi-double as those of Aucubaefolia. Another variegated lilac is Wittbolds Variegated.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 3