• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Quickly reaches 10 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Spectacular Fragrant Flowers
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:si-RING-ga vul-GAY-ris
    Plant type:Shrub
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 11, 14
    Growth habit:Spreading
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Quickly reaches 10 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Flower color:Blue
    Garden styleCottage, Rustic
    Design IdeasLilacs are among the most beautiful of all deciduous flowering shrubs. Use as a single specimen early season focal point at some far point of the garden. Closer in plant where the heady fragrance is best enjoyed. In side yards and as hedges dividing houses the windows can be open for the floral scent to waft indoors. Plant next to outdoor living spaces, preferably upwind to keep you perpetually perfumed. Large plants make excellent background for perennial borders. Use to mark a gateway or entry where you pass by the blooms going in and out. A stellar foundation plant for front yard highlights.
    Companion PlantsSmoke Tree (Cotinus) Maiden Grass (Miscanthus); Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Coneflower (Echinacea); Juniper (Juniperus)
  • 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.
    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: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    The common lilac was first described by Pierre Belon, a French naturalist who knew it from the Turks who called it "fox's tail." He published it in his Observationsaround 1553. The first plants to reach Europe arrived in 1562 as gifts to the French Embassy from the court of Suleman the Magnificent. The French ever since were in the forefront of lilac breeding in Europe. It was brought to America with early settlers to the colonies and is one of the only two species to cultivated until the 19th century. Asian species from China changed everything and by 1928 there were over 450 different lilac cultivars, and among these were the parents of this group which are known to enjoy a longer life span in warmer climates. This cultivar was developed by famed horticulturist and nurseryman Mr. Ralph Moore, of Moore Miniature Rose Nursery, Visalia California, and introduced by Monrovia in 1987.
    Lilac has always been renowned for the fragrance of its flowers, yet it has long been considered bad luck to bring cut lilac blooms indoors. Some attribute this to the old time practice of using lilac flowers to mask the odor of death during funerals with viewing of the body done in the home parlor.


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