The Classic Double Pink, Fabulously Fragrant!
'Sweetheart' is an interspecific hybrid with hyacinthiflora heritage, making it far more tolerant of warm climates than many others. And because it blooms earlier, it has a chance to set flowers in short-spring climates where other Lilacs burn out too quickly. If you've tried and failed with Lilacs before, 'Sweetheart' may be the one you've been looking for!
Of course, the best reason to grow this plant is its beauty: color, fragrance, and form combine to create an inexpressibly lovely little tree. The buds are a rich, dark maroon, opening to light pink and even white blooms. Surprising and beautiful!
One of the most fragrant Lilacs in the world, 'Sweetheart' is perfect for cutting, though the 8- to 12-foot-tall, 6- to 8-foot-wide trees look enchanting with the full complement of fresh flowers as well. And as they mature, these double blooms cast their petals freely in the garden and on the pavement, adding another lovely look to the display.
'Sweetheart' was introduced in 1953 by Clarke, and has never been improved upon. Integrate it into your spring garden, and you'll see why! Zones 2-7.
|Zone||2 - 7|
|Bloom Season||Early Spring - Mid Spring|
|Plant Height||8 ft - 12 ft|
|Additional Characteristics||Butterfly Lovers, Double Blooms, Easy Care Plants, Fast Growing, Flower, Fragrance, Free Bloomer, Heirloom, Hummingbird Lovers|
|Bloom Color||Light Pink, White|
|Foliage Color||Medium Green|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun|
|Moisture Requirements||Moist, well-drained|
|Resistance||Cold Hardy, Heat Tolerant|
|Soil Tolerance||Normal, loamy|
|Uses||Border, Cut Flowers, Specimen|
|Restrictions||Canada, Arizona, Guam, Virgin Islands, Hawaii, Puerto Rico|
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