An early-blooming lilac that does well in both balmy and icy climates, this deciduous shrub offers the features of common lilac but blooms a week or more earlier. It is most floriferous and least lanky in full sun. Mass 'Pocahontas' in screens, windbreaks or hedges, or use it singly in a shrub planting or mixed border. It is ideal near a path or patio, where its perfumed flowers can work their magic. The flowers are also wonderful in bouquets. Zones 2 to 7.