Botanical Name: Syringa vulgaris
Common Name: Common Lilac  
Plant photo of: Syringa vulgaris
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Water Saving Tip:

As the weather gets hotter avoid the temptation to increase run times.

Instead, schedule more start times with one to two hours in between to allow the water from the previous session to soak in before watering again.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range

6-12', 12-25'


Flower Color

Blue, Lavender, Pink, White


Flower Season



Leaf Color


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Meadow, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fragrance, Showy Flowers, Specimen, Standard


Seasonal Interest



Location Uses

Background, Foundation


Special Uses

Cut Flowers, Erosion Control, Screen, Wind Break


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme Editor
Photographer: Steve Mullany, Connon N.
  • Description

  • Notes

Forms of the common lilac grow to a height of 15' and are equally wide, but can be kept smaller with careful shaping. The dark green leaves are roundish, oval and pointed that grow to 5" long. In the spring, clusters of fragrant, lilac flowers are borne. The plant requires full sun for proper growth.
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halway with native soil and water. 5. Finish backfilling hole, build basin and water.