Fragrant Lilac Syringa vulgaris
Cannot ship to
AK, AZ, HI
(Potted trees cannot ship to California.)
Spectacular flowers in shades of lilac, light purple, or lavender make this old-time lilac a garden favorite. The long-lasting flower clusters bloom in April or May and are framed with lush green foliage. Their nostalgic fragrance adds to the "coming of spring." The lilac is an extremely hardy shrub and can be used as an individual specimen plant, informal hedge, shrub border, windbreak, or screen.
- Produces fragrant light purple or lavender flowers
- Works well for hedges, screens, and as individual landscape shrubs
- Will be delivered at a height of 1'–1'6" for bare-root; a height of 2'–4' for 1-gallon pot
Your Tree’s Personality
Lilacs attract butterflies, provide caterpillar food and offer cover for birds and butterflies.
The common lilac is a native of southeastern Europe. Lilac is an old English word that has its roots in the Arabic word layak and the Persian word nilak, from nil meaning "blue." The genus name syringa means "tube" in Greek which refers to the individual flower shape. It has been cultivated since 1563. Hundreds of cultivars have been developed since that time. The French hybrids are cultivars of the common lilac. The "French" comes from Victor Lemoine, whose nursery in France produced a great many of these hybrids. Purple lilacs signify the first emotions of love while white lilacs symbolize modesty, purity and youth.
More Arbor Day Foundation Favorites