• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing to 10 to 12 ft. high and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Fragrant
    Blooms:
    Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:si-RING-ga hi-a-SIN-thi-floh-ra
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 12, 14 - 16, 18 - 22
    Growth habit:Spreading
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing to 10 to 12 ft. high and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:White
    Design IdeasEarly white blooms and fall color make this a fine addition to the border. Plant near the back where it can attain its height without blocking smaller plants. Add to a gateway to enjoy its fragrance as you pass. Position in foundation planting for the same benefit at windows and doors. May be used as a hedge in sideyards and to divide properties.
    Companion PlantsUse the shade of this tall lilac as protection for a low-grower such as Ramapo Rhododendron (Rhododendron x 'Ramapo'), whose violet blooms will always go with the white flowers of the lilac. A hardyrose, such as Pink Grootendorst Japanese Rose (Rosa x 'Grootendorst Pink') is a fine sunny companion. An evergreen such as Koster's False Cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Kosteri') offers a solid presence year-round.
  • 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. Increase watering before spring bloom. Prune after flowering.Pruning time: spring after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This is among the new Canadian lilacs that have proven well in the extremes of the north. It is a hybrid of S. vulgaris from Europe and S. oblata, the first Chinese lilac to reach the west in 1856. It was used by famous breeder Victor Lemoine of Nancy, France who produced 153 hybrids and cultivars between 1876 and 1927. Lemoine's varieties with S. oblata as a parent because the hyacinthiflora hybrids which were further developed in Canada.
    Lore:
    In old times it was considered bad luck to bring cut lilacs indoors, probably because the intense scent was used to cloak the smell of death when a body was arranged for viewing in Victorian home parlors.