512. ‘President Lincoln’ Lilac

‘President Lincoln’ Lilac

Syringa vulgaris ‘President Lincoln’

Accession 299-95*A

This lilac was considered the blue by which other blues were measured when introduced in 1916 by John Dunbar of Highland Park, Rochester, NY. The name refers to a line in Walt Whitman’s poem of 1865, “When lilacs last in the dooryard bloomed...,” mourning the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.