Lilac (Syringa 'Betsy Ross') in the Lilacs Database

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Moderately alkaline (7.9 – 8.4)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 10 feet (in 16 years)
Plant Spread: 13 feet (in 16 years)
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Spring
Other: Early April
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Resistances: Powdery Mildew
Deer Resistant


Photo gallery:

Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Sep 2, 2013 4:28 PM

This lilac is well adapted to warmer climates and has good tolerance to powdery mildew. Lovely 'Betsy Ross' was the first lilac cultivar released by the U.S.National Arboretum. It was selected for its abundant, white, fragrant flowers and rounded growth habit

[ Reply to this comment | Give a thumbs up ]

Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on Jun 21, 2015 11:59 PM

Introduced by the United States National Arboretum in July, 2000.

[ Reply to this comment | Give a thumbs up ]

Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
Plant ID - Lilac by lee30bmw Apr 25, 2019 4:15 PM 2

« Add a new plant to the database

» Search the Lilacs Database: by characteristics or by cultivar name

« See the general plant entry for Lilacs (Syringa)

« The Lilacs Database Front Page

« The Plants Database Front Page

Today's site banner is by ge1836 and is called "Astilbe America"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.