• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Quickly reaches 12 ft. tall, 10 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 habit:Spreading
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Quickly reaches 12 ft. tall, 10 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:White
    Garden styleCottage, Rustic
    Design IdeasHere is an excellent lilac for gardens that never get really cold winters. Plant as a tall, informal hedge or as a tall shrub in the back of the border. Prune out entire branches if necessary; don't overprune as this will reduce the number next year's blooms.
    Companion PlantsBoxwood (Buxus); Weigela (Weigela); Juniper (Juniperus); Maiden Grass (Miscanthus); Coneflower (Echinacea); Phlox (Phlox)
  • 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. d.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: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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