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Cultural Details for Syringa vulgaris

Common Name:
Common Lilac

Growth Rate:

Average Mature Height:
8-15', occasionally to 20'

Average Mature Width:
6-12', occasionally to 15'

Flower Details:
Borne in 4-8" long terminal clusters, early to mid May; showy. White, cream, pink to rose, single or double flowers, very fragrant.

Fruit Details:
Beaded capsules in long panicles, should be removed

Fall Color:
Poor fall color

Bark Details:
Small raised lenticels, leaf scars raised, light gray with solid white pith

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Aphids, scales, leaf blight, leaf spot; powdery mildew a problem in shady areas or poor air movement

Native Habitat:
Zones 3-7

Other Features:
A frequently used and nostalgic shrub, for instance reminding one of Grandmother's garden.

Culture and Care:
Neutral soil with peat or leaf mold; cut flowers as soon as they fade

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
Bed 116

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.