This spreading, deciduous shrub or small tree, has mid-dark green heart-shaped leaves and wonderfully scented double white blooms with pale lavender tinted buds in late spring. Syringa vulgaris 'Beauty of Moscow' will normally flower early to mid-May with blooms that seem to last longer than other lilac varieties. This lilac is an extremely fine and heavy bloomer with a strong habit.
Lilacs prefer full sun with a moist, rich soil, but can tolerate some shade. Prune spent flower heads after flowering. Can be grown as a specimen shrub in a lawn or in a border, surrounded by herbaceous perennials.
Final height and spread will be in the region of 3-4m under most circumstances.
Lisa Nunamaker Orgler of the Reiman Gardens (Iowa State University) includes these notes in her description of the 'Beauty of Moscow': "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."
Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of the history of this plant is that it was raised and named even as the Soviet Union was defending itself in a ferocious war of survival against Nazi Germany.