Call or Text
Lavender Lady • Lilac Nursery
Syringa vulgaris, “Aucubaefolia”, 1919 Auguste Gouchault
The following three lilacs are all sports (mutations) of the mother plant. Mutations are a spontaneous change in the plant’s hereditary makeup, either in the plant’s genes or chromosomes, occurring in the germ or somatic cells.
CLASS IV LILAC OR LAVENDER
Syringa x hyacinthaflora, “Excel”, 1932 Frank Skinner
CLASS III BLUE
Syringa vulgaris, “President Grevy”, 1886 Pierre Victor Lemoine
CLASS II VIOLET
s. xhyachinthaflora, “Pocahontas”, 1935 Frank Skinner
CLASS I WHITE
Syringa vulgaris, “Krasavita Moskvy” (Beauty of Moscow), 1947 Leonid Kolesnikov
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There are a wide range of colors in lilacs, making it difficult to classify some cultivars (there are over 2000) into a specified color.
The color of the lilac changes daily as it opens, many with the florets having a different shade on the underside, and just the way we see color scientifically, makes it impossible sometimes to call the right color.
To help simplify and categorize lilac colors, we have the Wister Code -- a general, seven color class code developed by John Wister, Horticulturist, Landscape Architect, and founder of the International Lilac Society. The code is not used to identify or describe a lilac cultivar.
Syringa vulgaris, “General Sherman”, 1917 John Dunbar
Syringa vulgaris, “Primrose”, 1950 Gerrit Maarse, Holland
CLASS VI MAGENTA
Syringa vulgaris, “Paul Thirion”, 1915 Victor Lemoine
CLASS V PINK
Syringa meyeri, “Palibin”, Pre-1920 Origin Unknown
Syringa vulgaris, “Sensation”, 1938 Dirk Eveleens Maarse, Holland
CLASS VII PURPLE
Syringa vulgaris, “Andeken an Ludwig Spath”, 1883 Spaeth Nurseries
Syringa x hyacinthaflora, “Lavender Lady”, 1953 Walter Lammerts
Syringa x chinensis, “Chinese lilac”, common name “French Rouen lilac”