Has anyone here tried this variety?
"The Lilac for the South"
According to Mike Schnelle, horticulturist at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, the cutleaf lilac (Syringa laciniata) is unfortunately underutilized in the South, where it performs exceptionally well. This species thrives in high temperatures; it is suited to Hardiness Zone 8 (as well as all cooler zones up through 4), and should be given full sun. Powdery mildew is less of a problem for the cutleaf lilac than for many other lilac species.
Reference: Mike Schnelle, "Syringa laciniata: Heat-Tolerant Cutleaf is the Lilac for the South," Nursery Management & Production 16 (3), March 2000, 14. (Branch-Smith Publishing, 120 St. Louis Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76104.)