508. ‘Hulda’ Lilac

‘Hulda’ Lilac

Syringa vulgaris ‘Hulda’

Accession 752-93*B

Hulda Klager ran her own garden in Washington State, introducing more than 100 new lilac cultivars. When the Columbia River flooded her property in 1948, most of her lilac collection was destroyed. However, former customers brought her cuttings and, at the age of 85, she was able to restore her garden. ‘Hulda,’ named in her honor in 1929, has rich purple flowers and a rounded habit, with great resistance to powdery mildew.