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Syringa vulgaris 'Mrs Edward Harding' (d)
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lilac 'Mrs Edward Harding'

'Mrs Edward Harding' is a bushy medium-sized deciduous shrub with dark green, heart-shaped leaves and dense panicles of fragrant, deep purplish-red, double flowers soon fading to deep pink

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
2.5–4 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Purple Green
Summer Green
Autumn Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

West–facing or South–facing or North–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Oleaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Syringa can be deciduous shrubs or trees, with simple, entire or rarely pinnate leaves and conical panicles of small, very fragrant, 4-lobed tubular flowers in late spring or early summer

Name status

Accepted

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How to grow

Cultivation

Easy to grow in most well-drained, fertile, humus-rich alkaline to neutral soils. Thrives in chalky ground and appreciates mulching when planted in full sun

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings or layering in early summer. Grafting can be done in winter and chip budding in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Cut flowers
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Hedging and screens
Pruning

Pruning group 1. Tolerates hard renovation pruning

Pests

Susceptible to lilac leaf-mining moth, thrips and willow scale

Diseases

Susceptible to lilac blight and honey fungus

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