Lilac, 'Primrose' – this is a rare buttery-yellow Lilac that is much sought after but seldom found. Color actually deepens & grows more intense with age. 'Primrose' is beloved in Europe but hard to find here in the States. Exceptionally fragrant blooms are superb for cutting and the perfume will fill your whole house! This unique cultivar bears blossoms in midseason. It forms a shrub 12 feet high by 8 feet wide that is covered with gorgeous sprays of flowers in spring. Thrives in full sun to partial shade. Plant your lilac in well-drained soil. Lilac flowers are beloved for bouquets, and when in bloom, hummingbirds and butterflies are drawn to them. Lilacs are generally a forgiving bunch, tolerant of roadside sites and neglect.
Lilacs have an aroma many associate with feelings of "home" or other pleasant memories. The clusters of fragrant purple flowers that adorn the lilac bush in the late spring mean summer is just around the corner. They make a wonderful cut flower and look great with peonies or roses. The Lilac is a very common ornamental plant in gardens and parks, because of the attractive, sweet smell of its flowers. It grows best in a sunny location.
The Lilac is a reliable spring-flowering shrub for cold winter landscapes. They are excellent as a specimen/accent or in small groups, shrub borders, hedges or screens. Lilacs are also great for cottage gardens and as margins of woodland gardens. Great cut flower. If you want to attract Hummingbirds and Butterflies to your landscape, lilacs are a great choice for this. The characteristics that make these species so visually appealing – showy flowers, winter color – are some of Nature's most powerful draws for the animal kingdom. Turn your yard into a naturally balanced eco-system! You're sure to enjoy these plants for a lifetime. They provide food, shelter and nesting. Plant your backyard sanctuary today!
Size: 4" pots (Root established)|
Hardiness: Zones 3-8
Exposure: Full Sun
Common: Lilac 'Primrose'
Botanical: Syringa vulgaris
Foliage: Heart Shaped, Dark Green Leaves
Bloomtime: Late Spring
Attracts: Hummingbirds, Butterflies
Notes: Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates light shade, but best bloom is in full sun. Intolerant of full shade. Prefers moist, fertile, organically rich, slightly acidic to slightly alkaline soils with good drainage. Avoid soggy soils. Needs good air circulation. Prune as needed immediately after flowering. To the extent practicable, promptly remove faded flower panicles before seed set. Best grown in cool summer climates. Not recommended for planting in the hot and humid conditions of the deep south in USDA Zones 9-10. Promptly remove root suckers, particularly on grafted plants, to maintain plant appearance and prevent unwanted colonial spread. Propagate by cuttings in spring.
Planting instructions: Easily grown in average, medium wet, well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates light shade, but best bloom is in full sun. Prefers rich, moist, neutral soils. Needs good air circulation. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. The Lilac transplants easily.
Lilac Characteristics: Syringa vulgaris, commonly known as common lilac, is an upright, multi-stemmed, suckering, deciduous shrub in the olive family that typically matures to 12-16' (20') tall with a spread to 8-12' (15') wide. Numerous cultivars have been introduced over time in both single and double-flowered forms. Cultivars extend the range of available flower colors to include shades of white, cream, rose, magenta, pinkish-purple, lavender, light blue and purple. It is native to open woodlands, rocky hills and scrubby areas in southeastern Europe, but has been widely cultivated throughout Europe (beginning in the late 1500s) and North America (brought over by colonists in the early 1600s). It is particularly noted for its mid to late spring (May) bloom of very fragrant, tubular, 4-lobed, lilac to purple flowers (each to 1/3" long) which bloom in large conical to narrow-pyramidal panicles (to 6-8" long). Flowers give way to loose clusters of smooth, brown, flattened, dehiscent seed capsules (each to 3/ 4" long) which persist into winter if not removed. Glaucous, opposite, pointed-ovate to heart-shaped leaves (2-5" long) are dark gray-green to blue green. No fall color. Bark is gray to gray-brown.