• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 10 to 12 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Fragrant Spring Flowers
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:si-RING-ga chi-NEN-sis
    Plant type:Shrub
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 11, 14 - 16, 18 - 21
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 10 to 12 ft. tall and wide.
    Special features:Easy Care
    Foliage color:Green
    Flower color:Purple
    Garden styleCottage, Rustic
    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 PlantsBoxwood (Buxus); Weigela (Weigela); Peony (Paeonia); Maiden Grass (Miscanthus); Coneflower (Echinacea); Black-Eyed-Susan (Rudbeckia)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soils. Needs good air circulation. Water deeply, regularly in the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; increase frequency again before and during spring bloom period. Fertilize in early spring. Prune after flowering.Pruning time: spring after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    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.
    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.


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