President Lincoln Lilac

Syringa vulgaris 'President Lincoln'

A truly outstanding lilac noted for its large trusses of single Wedgewood blue flowers. Captivating fragrance is a bonus. Mid-season bloomer typically flowers in mid-May. Branches are erect and open with rich green foliage. Deciduous.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Once established, drought tolerant but requires regular moisture for best performance.


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Botanical Pronunciationsih-REEN-gah vul-GAIR-iss
Average Size at MaturityFast grower to 10 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
Design IdeasThis shrub is a fine choice for including the always-sought-after blue flowers in the garden along with wonderful fragrance. Grow as a tall, informal hedge or in the mixed border where its erect branches will be held above other plants.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Fragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorBlue
Foliage ColorGreen
Growth HabitErect
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Hedge, Windbreak, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsOnce established, drought tolerant but requires regular moisture for best performance.

Follow regular watering schedule during first growing season to establish deep, extensive root system. Feed before new growth emerges in spring. Increase watering before spring bloom, in absence of rainfall/snow melt. Prune after flowering.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 3-8

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