• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing to 10 to 12 ft. high, equal width.
    Key Feature:
    Fragrant
    Blooms:
    Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:si-RING-ga chi-NEN-sis
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 11, 14 - 16, 18 - 21
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing to 10 to 12 ft. high, equal width.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:Purple
    Garden styleCottage
    Design IdeasPlant a fragrant hedge with a row of these, or use just one in the sunny mixed border Or as a specimen shrub, plant it near the driveway, where you can enjoy the spring perfume.
    Companion PlantsCombine this lilac with the white blooms of Bristol Snowflake Weigela (Weigela florida 'Broistol Snowflake'). Add yellow summer color with a companion planting of Sunburst Hypericum (Hypericum frondosum 'Sunburst'). The mat-forming Rokey's Purple Aubrieta (Aubrieta x cultorum 'Rokey's Purple') offers early color.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a formal appearance, shear annually after flowering.Pruning time: spring after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This genus of the olive family contains about 30 species, most native to eastern Asia and the Himalayas. Contrary to its name, this plant is a very early hybrid of S. vulgaris of southeastern Europe and S. persica, the latter descended from S. afghanica and S. laciniata. It was developed in the Botanic Garden of Rouen before the influx of Chinese lilacs. It was originally known as the Rouen lilac, or S. x rothmangensis, but renamed in England around 1795.
    Lore:
    It was once considered bad luck to cut lilacs for indoors, likely because the heavily scented flowers were commonly used to cover up the odor of death when the deceased was laid out in the home for viewing. Despite this the lilac remains among the most beloved fragrances for the home.