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Syringa vulgaris (Common lilac)

The clusters of fragrant purple flowers that adorn the lilac bush in the late spring, means summer is just around the corner. They make a wonderful cut flower and look great with peonies or roses. Common 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.

If you’re looking to attract Birds and Wildlife to your landscape, look no further than this DeGroot plant group. The characteristics that make these species so visually appealing – showy flowers, stunning fruit, winter color – are some of Nature’s most powerful draws for the animal kingdom.

Turn your yard into a naturally balanced eco-system! Whether you choose one variety or one of each, you’re sure to enjoy these plants for a lifetime. They provide food, shelter, and nesting. Plant your backyard sanctuary today!


# Description Qty per Unit Units Available Price/Unit
SY100BAG Syringa vulgaris (Common lilac) 25 37 $60.00
Retail-Ready Packages
BW025000 Shrubs for Birds & Wildlife Collection for Spring 25 14 $75.00

Plant Details +

Botanical Syringa vulgaris
Common Name Common Lilac'
Family Oleaceae
Size 12"-18"
Height 8-15'
Spacing 6-12'
Hardiness Zones 3-9
Exposure Full sun
Foliage Light green
Flower Purple
Bloomtime Late Spring

General Information +

General Characteristics: The common lilac is a deciduous shrub. The smooth bark is gray to gray-brown. The shrubs are multi-stemmed, producing secondary shoots from the base or roots. The leaves are simple, light green to glaucous, oval shaped. Excellent fresh cut flower. Lilacs have been a garden favorite for years and often evoke nostalgic feelings of home and childhood. Effective as a specimen or massed or may be grown as a privacy screen or hedge. Good for shrub borders. Prompt removal of faded flower panicles before seed set will increase bloom in the following year. Prune immediately after flowering.

Planting/Care Instructions +

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 Common Lilac transplants easily.

Pests or Diseases: The plant grows in shade but flowering is poor and powdery mildew is likely.