506. ‘Charm’ Lilac

‘Charm’ Lilac

Syringa vulgaris ‘Charm’

Accession 516-92*A

With its plump pink blossoms, ‘Charm’ was introduced by Theodore Havemeyer of Long Island, NY, who inherited a fortune from his family’s sugar refining business. This allowed him to employ a staff of gardeners. He imported a selection of lilacs from Victor Lemoine of France in 1910 and he and his staff introduced 45 lilac cultivars before his death in 1936.