Syringa vulgaris

Common Lilac (Old Fashioned Lilac)

Categories: Shrubs

Abundant clusters of sweetly fragrant, purple flowers in mid-spring. Vigorous, upright, multi-stemmed shrub with heart-shaped foliage. Ideal as a flowering hedge or screen. The common lilac is an old-fashioned, long-lived, and well-loved lilac best known for its fragrant flowers. It is extremely hardy and thrives with little care which make it a lovely shrub for a specimen planting, in masses, screens, hedges, or mixed in shrub borders.  The May blooming flowers are typically purple to lilac 

More About Syringa vulgaris

  • the CLASSIC old time Lilac

Cultivate classic lilac plants for attention-grabbing centerpieces, or grow a flowering lilac bush for a border or walkway. Look for lilac flowers to burst open beginning in spring, with long canes producing voluminous pink, yellow, white, red, purple or blue blooms. Plant a lilac tree and enjoy daily visits from hummingbirds and butterflies throughout the flowering season.

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10-18 ft


5-10 ft


2-4 ft

Hardiness Zone:


Syringa vulgaris Characteristics


  • Mass Plant
  • Small / Miniature
  • Hedging
  • Specimen
  • Cut Flower / or Foliage
  • Screening/Hedge
  • Fragrant


  • Sun Tolerant
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Part Sun/Part Shade

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Nature Attraction

  • Butterflies

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Spring / Early Summer

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Needs well drained soil
  • Average

Flower Color

  • Lavender
  • Purple


  • Upright