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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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Assessippi - Early Lavendar
Pocohontas - Early Vibrant Purple
Mount Baker - Early White
Pocahontas - Early Vibrant Purple
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.
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