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Villosa Lilac


Latin Name: Syringa villosa


Family: Oleacea

Native Range: Native northern China

Seed Source: Improved seed strain, shleterbelt near Indian Head Saskatchewan.

Height and Spread: 4m x 3m 

Overview: Seed strain was developed for tree planting in the Canadian prairies. It is a composite of parent trees from selected lilac shelterbelts. It is a medium large, hardy shrub with an oval shaped crown. It has basal sprouts but does not spread by suckers 

Fruit: Seed ripens in a capsule in late summer.


Stratification: Pre-soak seed for 24 hours then stratify in moist sand (10 percent moisture) for 60 days at 5°C.

Ideal sowing time: Non-pretreated seed outdoors in September (will germinate the following spring) or stratified seed in spring.

Sowing instructions: Sow 1.5 cm deep, 50 seeds/meter; Greenhouse - sow 3 seeds per cell.

Growing conditions: ’Adapted to most soils. Hardiness zone 2.


Villosa lilac is used for shelterbelt and hedge planting in field and farmyard shelterbelts. The dense growth habit is well suited for providing wind and snow protection. It provides excellent cover and habitat for songbirds and small mammals. Lilac species are rated excellent for pollen availability. The attractive white/lavender blooms add fragrance and beauty to plantings.