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Common Lilac

Syringa vulgaris
    5 reviews
Common Lilac
Common Lilac
Common Purple Lilac
Common Purple Lilac
Common Lilac
Common Lilac
Common Purple Lilac
Common Purple Lilac
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Common Lilac

Syringa vulgaris
    5 reviews

A Classic Perennial Treasured for its Scent and Purple Blooms

  • Butterflies and Hummingbirds love this plant!
  • Stunning, Fragrant, Purple flowers
  • Bring that heavenly scent indoors with Cut Flowers!
  • Cold Hardy Shrub
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You can't go wrong with this beloved old-fashioned gem! The Common Lilac is widely known for its beautiful and fragrant purple flowers.

This popular plant boasts showy, purple bloom clusters in spring that are hard to miss. The green leaves create a lovely backdrop for the prized, fragrant flowers. The foliage is lush and attractive. The Common Lilac grows to be quite large at maturity. Prepare for a 12 feet tall and 8 feet wide beauty!

This Lilac is easy to care for, fire retardant, and even tolerant to pollution. Lilacs thrive in full sun and fertile, well-drained soil.

The more you have the more fragrance, color, and beauty you bring to your yard and the more hummingbirds and butterflies you'll see! The flowers of the Common Lilac are ideal for cutting so feel free bring the stunning scented blooms inside!

You'll love having your very own Common Lilac! Order yours today!

Common Lilac FAQ

Where Should I Plant A Common Lilac?

This shrub is adaptable and thrives in grow zones 3-7 with well drained soil and full sun to part shade conditions. Space 5 feet apart if planting more than 1 to accomodate a 6-8 foot spread.

What Are Good Companion Plants For This Lilac?

Clematis, tulpis and peonies grow well and look great when paired with this lilac. These shrubs make a great focal point in the garden and can be used as border plants that will attract butterflies.

When Does This Lilac Bloom?

You can expect beautiful purple blooms in late May with the common variety. Be sure to plant in the right place and prune at the right time to ensure healthy blooms.

Caring for Common Lilac
The Common Lilac is easy to care for. This lilac enjoys full sun and is adaptable to variety of soils as long as they are well-drained. Water deeply twice weekly for the first 2-3 months. Once established water when the ground is dry. Fertilize with a slow release fertilizer in spring for best results. No need to prune this lilac, but if you do, right after spring blooms fade is the time recommended. The flowers bloom on old and new wood. Deadheading old blooms does encourage faster and more plentiful reblooming, but isn’t necessary if you want to avoid the task. Lilacs are deer resistant.

Avoid diseases and pests by providing the ideal environment for your plant to thrive. Not many pests bother this lilac. However watch out for Scale and Borers. Scale is an insect seen on the underside of leaves, stems, and branches. They may look cottony or waxy and move slowly or not at all. These insects are parasitic so they can be a problem if they become abundant. They can be treated with neem oil. Be sure to thoroughly cover the entire plant and apply multiple doses. If you see holes in the stems of your plant you have Borers. These are generally hard to treat without pruning the plant back as they live inside the plant. However, natural pesticide, Bacillus thuringiensis can be an effective treatment. Avoid fungus issues by watering at the base of your plant rather than over the leaves.

Planting your lilac: Find a nice sunny spot to plant your lilac. Dig a hole 1½ times bigger than the pot. Gently remove the plant from the pot and pull apart the roots a little bit at the bottom and sides. Place your Lilac bush inside the hole, ensuring that the root ball is level with the surrounding surface. Tamp the soil in place to remove any oxygen bubbles and water it thoroughly.
Landscape ideas
The Common Lilac is fairly large at maturity, about 12 feet tall and about 8 feet wide.  This Lilac is great for a unique hedge or even a privacy screen.  Plant one as a lovely focal point in your yard or garden.  Lilacs are perfect for a cottage, cutting, or wildlife garden.  Plant your Lilac somewhere where you pass by often so you can enjoy the fragrance of its blooms.
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Growing Zones 3-7
Shipping Restriction AZ
Soil Type Adaptable, Well Drained
Sunlight Full, Partial
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 10-15 Feet
Mature Width 6-10 Feet
Growth Rate moderate
Fall Color Yellow
Bloom Color Purple

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