Spring Garden Tips

Common Lilac

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Botanical Name

Syringa vulgaris

Hardiness

Zones 3b to 7

Height

8 to 15 feet

Width

6 to 12 feet

Flowers

May: white, cream, purple-pink, rose; fragrant

Light

Full sun

Soil

Moist, well-drained, adaptable

Planting and Care

Prune after flowering - prune out older wood for improved air circulation and vigor.

Problems

Powdery mildew, bacterial blight, borers, scale, frost injury

Varieties to Consider

Sensation - bicolor, purple flowers edged in white

Lavender Lady - very fragrant, profuse flowers

Katherine Havemeyer - good pink flowering type, 12'

Charles Joy - purple buds that open to magenta flowers

President Lincoln - flowers close to true blue

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