• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 10 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Fragrant Spring Flowers
    Blooms:
    Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:si-RING-ga vul-GAY-ris
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 11, 14
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 10 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:Purple
    Garden styleCottage, Rustic
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasThe intriguing two-tone flowers of this lilac make it a shrub you will want within reach. A lovely perfume only adds to its charm. Plant it at one end of a border or on its own against a wall.
    Companion PlantsBoxwood (Buxus); Peony (Paeonia); Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Coneflower (Echinacea); Maiden Grass (Miscanthus)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Prefers well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soil. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Increase frequency before spring bloom and apply a general purpose fertilizer. Prune immediately after flowering to promote following year's bloom.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.

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