515. ‘Purple Haze’ Lilac

‘Purple Haze’ Lilac

Syringa ‘Purple Haze’

Accession 36-2002*A

This cross between two Asian lilacs, S. oblata and S. protolaciniata, was introduced in 2005 by Jack Alexander, then Arnold Arboretum plant propagator and a Jimi Hendrix fan. With long panicles of sterile flowers, this lilac does not need deadheading. ‘Foxey Lady,’ a hybrid thought to have been the result of pollination by hawk moths, also introduced by Jack Alexander, is a little farther up the path.