French Lilac (Syringa vulgaris 'Charles Joly') in the Lilacs Database

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Also sold as:
'Chas Joly'

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Moderately alkaline (7.9 – 8.4)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Plant Height: 8-10 feet
Plant Spread: 6 feet'
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: Mauve
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Uses: Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM


Photo gallery:
Date: 2016-05-08
By Ster17
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Location: Denver Metro, CODate: 2012-04-28The true magenta color had already faded when I took this picture
By Skiekitty
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Location: Denver Metro, CODate: 2010-04-28Young Charles Joly plant, freshly planted.  About 2 years old
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Location: Denver CO MetroDate: Mid June, 2009Charles Joly w/spent blooms showing them as seeds
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Location: My backyard in Allentown, PADate: 2016-04-01Several days after budbreak on 1 April 2016.
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Posted by Skiekitty (Denver Metro - Zone 5a) on Apr 14, 2014 12:33 PM

A very leggy, tall lilac. Blooms are shorter lived than the "common purple." Smells not as strong, either. But beautiful deep wine-red blooms.

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Posted by scvirginia (Charleston, SC - Zone 8b) on Mar 20, 2019 3:57 PM

This lilac was bred by Victor Lemoine, and introduced in 1896.

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