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Lilac, ‘President Grevy’

This highly fragrant French lilac is a lovely addition to the landscape.  Its panicles of double lavender blue flowers are showcased by light green, heart shaped leaves.  This upright deciduous shrub is an excellent choice for flowering hedges, shrub borders, or even used as a specimen plant.  It is a quick and vigorous grower, attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to the yard.  ‘President Grevy’ is great for cut flowers, filling your home with a lovely spring scent.  This deer resistant lilac would be ideal for the low maintenance gardener.

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!

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SY095BAG-1 Lilac, 'President Grevy' 5 out of stock $24.00

Plant Details +

Botanical Syringa vulgaris 'President Grevy'
Cultivator Type Lilac, 'President Grevy'
Common Name Lilac
Family Oleaceae
Size 3.5" pots (Root established)
Height 10-12’
Spacing 8’
Hardiness Zones 3-7
Exposure Full sun
Foliage Light green, heart shaped leaves
Flower Lavender-blue
Bloomtime Late Spring

General Information +

General Characteristics: ‘President Grevy’ is deer resistant and low maintenance. It also attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.

Lilac Characteristics: Syringa vulgaris, commonly known as common lilac, is an upright, multi-stemmed, suckering, deciduous shrub in the olive family. 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. The bark is gray to gray-brown.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: First, choose a location with moist but well-drained soil. The ‘President Grevy’ lilac does not like acidic soil. Also, be sure the site you choose has good air circulation and full sun for best flowering. Dig a hole approximately 6 inches wider and the same depth as the roots. Place the plant in the hole so that the crown is just above the ground level and gently spread the roots. Fill the hole with soil and water thoroughly. Keep the soil moist around the roots. Water more frequently in extreme heat. Pruning: Prune immediately after flowering to increase bloom production the following year. Promptly remove root suckers to maintain a neat appearance and prevent unwanted colonial spread.

Pests or Diseases: Susceptible to powdery mildew so choose a site with good air circulation to prevent this issue.