Syringa x Josiflexa ‘Bellicent’
A delightfully distinctive Lilac, it wows with elegantly arching stems bearing dozens upon dozens of rosy-pink blooms in horizontal rows up to 10 inches long. Very late-blooming and wonderfully fragrant, it is a glorious presence in the sunny garden. Flowering about 2 weeks later than the S. vulgaris hybrids, 'Bellicent' sets elongated trumpet-shaped blooms softly colored in a deep pink tinged with rose.
Their fragrance is quite different from any other in the garden: a burnt-sugar/cinnamon essence that is absolutely enchanting. Expect the blooms to last several weeks in late spring or even early summer, ending Lilac season with a spectacular show. 'Bellicent' reaches 10 to 12 feet high and about 15 feet wide, with a shrubby habit that makes it equally well suited for use as a specimen and as part of a mass planting or border display. Very tolerant of cold, it sets buds late in spring, missing the kiling frosts and assuring even gardeners in the far north of a lovely season of bloom.