This lilac was developed by Russian hybridizer Leonid Kolesnikov in 1943 when he crossed the lilacs ‘I.V. Michturin’ and ‘Belle de Nancy’. Intended as a tribute to Moscow, its cultivar name ‘Krasavitsa Moskvy’ literally translates to “Beauty of Moscow.” Considered one of the top twenty lilacs today, ‘Beauty of Moscow’ blooms in early to mid-May and exhibits an array of small pink buds that open into large white double flowers. This stunning combination of pink and white synonymously creates a beautiful bouquet effect. In addition, the flower panicles are remarkably abundant and have a long blooming period. As the flowers mature, its exceptional fragrance becomes strikingly stronger.
The 'Beauty of Moscow' lilac is fast growing and within ten years can reach a height of eight to twelve feet tall and six to seven feet wide. It is hardy in Zones 3 to 7 and does best in full sun, and also with well-drained neutral to somewhat alkaline soils. If pruning, do so soon after blooming in the spring.
Place your 'Beauty of Moscow' lilac plant where it can be viewed often; its unique grandeur is one that should be indulged. It is a true gem as a specimen or as part of a border, but it can also add splendor to your home’s interior as a cut flower.
Description written by Lisa Nunamaker Orgler of Iowa State University