Moore's Hill Lilacs
892 Finnegan Road
Potsdam, NY  13676

The Moore's Hill  Lilac Collection Photo Gallery
We have carefully chosen more than 30 lilac varieties to give you a great selection when you visit Moore’s Hill Lilac Nursery. We have early blooming lilacs, mid-season lilacs, and late season lilacs. We have pinks, purples, deep purples, whites, and blues.  

We have tree lilacs, and lilacs that will fit into small spaces. Come visit us – we love to talk lilacs.  

Below is a photo sampler of the lilacs we offer.
Albert F Holden Lilac
Early Lilacs

These lilacs bloom one to two week before the tradiontal lilacs. The scientific name is syringa hyacinthiflora.  They look, grow and smell just like the mid-season lilacs. 
Anabel   Pink Early Blooming Lilac
Assessippi   Purple Early Blooming Lilac
Cheyenne  Early Blooming Pink Buds open to Blue Flower
Mount Baker  Early Blooming White
Mid-Season Traditional Lilacs

There are thousands of varieties of lilacs.  We have traveled to lilac gardens throughout the northeast and Canada, and talked with experts from nurseries and the International Lilac Society, to decide which lilacs to offer at Moore's Hill. Each of these varieties is a star in its own right. 
Place your cursor over the photo for the name.
Albert F.Holden  Deep purple with a  silver reverse give a soft bi-color effect
Avalanche  showy white, effective to contrast with deep purples
Beauty of Moscow  Pink budes open to white flowers.  Stunning!
Charles Joly  Purple / magenta blooms.
Katherine Havermeyer  Lavender pink
Dwight D. Eisenhower  Pale blue brushed with lavender
Common lilac- The classic - your grandmother's lilac!
Ludwig Spaeth   A classic deep purple
President Grevy   soft blue blooms
Mme. Lemoine  A fine mid-season white
Monge  Dramatic deep purple
Primrose  The 'yellow lilac' - color is a butter yellow
Sensation  Deep purple with a white edge, dramatic and popular
Yankee Doodle   Deep purple,, grows to 8 - 10 ft.
Wonderblue   Compact, excellent for smaller space
Late Season Lilacs The Butterfly Collection

Here in the North Country, traditional lilacs are in their prime between Mother's Day and Memorial Day.  The late lilacs peak around Mother's Day.   When the late lilacs bloom, the butterflies are out in full force, and they flock to the sweet, spicy scent of the late varieties.

Villosa lilacs, also called Preston lilacs, have a special link to the North Country, as the first were developed in the 1930s in Ottawa, Ontario.  They bloom one to two week after the mid-season lilacs. They are very fragrant, with a spiciness to the fragrance.  Prestons are more tolerant of damp soil than other lilacs.  They do not send up suckers.  The lilacs grow in a rounded shape. 

Miss Kim has an Asian heritgage, first found in Korea.  It is a very popular, and a relaible grower.  

Japanese tree lilacs bloom in June.  They are becoming popular as street-side trees that grow up to 30 feet tall.    They also work well when allowed to grow with multiple trunks, similar to a clump birch.

Donald Wyman  Wonderful purple Preston lilac
Japanese Tree Lilac   When full grown, becomes a small shade tree
Lilacs for Smaller Spaces 

There are several varieties that we grow that are suitable for small spaces, and grow well in the North Country.

Below are three lilac varieties that have the traditional lilac look, but are much more compact plants.  

Also staying quite small (under 5 feet), is Minuet, a late lilac pictured just above.  

There are several traditional lilacs that are stay in the 8 to 10 foot range, notablyPocahontas, Monge, and Yankee Doodle.

Wonderblue  Grows  to 6-8 ft.
Prairie Petite  Traditional lilac but grows to only 3 to 4 feet high
Miss Kim
For a Large, Showy Display, Consdier Red Rothagenis

From the family S. Chinensis, 'red Rothomagenis was  developed in Ruoen, France, and is sometime called the Rouen lilac. Its blossoms cascade down off of dropping branches.  This is a large lilac, 12-15 feet high at maturity, with an width of 12-15 feet.Excellent for a screening or dramatic display on a large property.

Wonder Blue - a compact, vibrant blue
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Marie Francis
Paul Thirion
Annabel - Early Pink
Assessippi - Early Lavendar
Cheyenne - Early Blue
Pocohontas  - Early Vibrant Purple
Mount Baker - Early White
Sweetheart - Early Pink
Red Rothomagensis
Red Rothomagensis
Marie Francis
Marie Francis
Prairie Petite
Pocahontas - Early Vibrant Purple
Old -Fashioned Purple
Katherine Havermeyer
Charles Joly
Alfred F. Holden
Beauty of Moscow
President Grey - Blue
Ludwig Spaeth
James Mcfarlane
James Mcfarlane - late season pink
Japanese Tree Lilac

The largest lilac, the Japanese Tree Lilac, also know as Reticulata, grows to 30 to 40 feet.  If trained to a single stem, it is tree.  It can also be grown with multiple trunks, with a shape like a white birch.  The bark is variegated, looking like a cherry tree bark.  It is the latest bloomer, coming out in late June

Japanese tree lilacs have become a favored tree for planting along streets, as the flowers are showy, they  do not grow over sized, and they do not bear fruit.

Recent Additions

Here are some varieties that have been added to our collection within the past two years.
Minuet - Pink late season, stays under 5 feet
Donald Wyman - Purple late season
Miss Kim - Popular late season
Japanese Tree Lilac
Paul Thirion
Marie Francis
Yankee Doodle
Mme. Lemoine
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Frank's Fancy