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Persian Lilac

Syringa x persica

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Persian Lilac (Syringa x persica) at Oakland Nurseries Inc

Persian Lilac flowers

Persian Lilac flowers

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Persian Lilac (Syringa x persica) at Oakland Nurseries Inc

Persian Lilac in bloom

Persian Lilac in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  8 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Group/Class:  Persian Hybrid Lilac

Description:

A beautiful shrub covered in upright panicles of sweetly fragrant lilac-sky blue flowers in early spring on an upright growing shrub, breathtaking in bloom; needs full sun and well-drained soil; very susceptible to mildew, prune to keep center open

Ornamental Features

Persian Lilac features showy panicles of fragrant lilac purple flowers with sky blue overtones rising above the foliage in mid spring. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has bluish-green foliage throughout the season. The heart-shaped leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Persian Lilac is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Persian Lilac is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Persian Lilac will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features
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