A wonderfully fragrant lilac! Cool purple blooms take on a blue tone in the spring sunshine, each one full of petals for a delicate seashell-like effect. This very heavy bloomer exhibits excellent disease resistant and a handsome, appealing shape.
Lilacs are very easy to grow and care for, but they do have a few basic needs that must be met for success. They need full sun – no fewer than 6 hours a day, and 8 or more is preferred. They also require well-drained soil, or in other words, soil that never stays wet or soggy for long periods. This is especially important in winter.
Lilacs are fairly adaptable to soil types, though they really thrive in alkaline soils.
Lilacs bloom on old wood, so if you wish to prune, do so immediately after blooming.
Fun fact: Lilacs are actually more cold tolerant than they are heat tolerant. In fact, they need a minimum of 1,700 hours of temperatures below 45°F in order to bloom.
Height: 6-8 ft.
Spread: 6-8 ft.
Bloom time: early to mid Spring
Sun: full sun
Water: average with good drainage
According to Rutgers University, Syringa sp. are “seldom severely damaged” by deer.
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