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Common Lilac

Syringa vulgaris

1 gallon pot


Prized for its delightful fragrance and featuring conical clusters of flowers that bloom in late spring for 3-4 weeks, Common Lilac is a mainstay of the spring landscape in the Pacific Northwest, and is the longest-blooming species within the genus.


Typically growing 8-15 feet tall, lilacs are robust plants that can handle cold winters. While they tolerate light shade, lilacs bloom best in full sun. Lilacs also prefer moist, fertile, organically rich (slightly acidic to slightly alkaline soils) with good drainage. They do not like soggy soils or full shade.


Prune as needed immediately after flowering. The flowers are known for attracting butterflies and other pollinators, making them a great addition to a wildlife-friendly garden. Lilac is not generally a plant that deer or other animals seek out to eat, but if other food sources are scarce, they may nibble on your lilac.


  • Deciduous shrub

  • Full sun

  • Grows 8-15’ tall & 4-10’ wide

  • Avg. water needs

  • Blooms late April to early May

  • Zones 3-8


  • At-A-Glance

    • Hardiness Zone: 3-8
    • Exposure: Full Sun
    • Season of Interest: Late Spring
    • Flower Color: Lavendar
    • Mature Size: 8-15' tall; 4-10' wide
    • Water Needs: Average
    • Soil Type: Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
    • Soil pH: Alkaline to Neutral
    • Tolerance: Deer
    • Attracts: Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds

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