Syringa vulgaris

Scientific name: Syringa vulgaris


Common names: “common lilac”

Plant Type: Deciduous shrub


Zone: 2

Light: Full sun

Exposure: Sheltered

Soil: Prefers neutral – alkaline soils

Moisture: Moist well drained, can be drought tolerant


Plant Size: 20′ H & W

Leaf and Stem shape: Mid-green, heart-shaped leaves

Flower: Compact trusses of fragrant, pale lilac-blue – violet – white flowers opening from pink buds

Pruning: Can be cut down to 1′, if pruning for flowers cut back to perfectly opposite buds, if pruning for vegetative growth cut back to slightly off opposite buds

Maintenance: Low, apply lime in acidic soils

Landscape use: Flower borders, courtyards & cottage gardens, informal garden, perfumed garden

Propagate: By cuttings, layering, grafting and budding

Pests & Disease: Generally healthy

Comments: Don’t dig or drive around the roots, suckers like mad if roots damaged

Cultivars: ~AGM winner include: S. v. ‘Vestale’ , S. v. ‘Andenken an Ludwig Späth’ , S. v. ‘Primrose’ , S. v. ‘Firmament’ , S. v. ‘Mrs Edward Harding’ , S. v. ‘Madame Lemoine’ S. v. ‘Katherine Havemeyer’


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