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Lilac

Lilacs (Syringa) are small trees or large shrubs known for their superb scented flowers.

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    Beauty of Moscow

    Syringa vulgaris
    This lilac features fragrant double-white blossom.
    • Flower colour: Pink - light
    • Height after 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
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    Charles Joly

    Syringa vulgaris
    A small lilac featuring strongly scented purple / red flowers.
    • Height after 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
    • Flower colour: Purple
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    Katherine Havemeyer

    Syringa vulgaris
    A vigorous lilac featuring clusters of purple fragrant double flowers.
    • Height after 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
    • Flower colour: Mauve
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    Madame Lemoine

    Syringa vulgaris
    A large spreading lilac, featuring clusters of double white flowers.
    • Flower colour: White
    • Height after 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
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    Palibin

    Syringa meyeri
    A slow-growing dwarfing Korean lilac, ideal for borders and smaller spaces.
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    • Height after 10 years: 1.5m-2.5m / 5ft-8ft
    • Flower colour: Mauve
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    Pink Perfume

    Syringa vulgaris
    Pink Perfume features clusters of pink / red flowers in May, with secondary flowering later in the summer.
    • Flower colour: Pink
    • Height after 10 years: 1.5m-2.5m / 5ft-8ft
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    Primrose

    Syringa vulgaris
    As the name suggests this lilac features clusters of pale primrose yellow flowers.
    • Height after 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
    • Flower colour: Yellow
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    Prince Wolkonsky

    Syringa vulgaris
    Prince Wolkonsky lilac features large scented clusters of red / purple flowers.
    • Height after 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
    • Flower colour: Purple
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    Sensation

    Syringa vulgaris
    Sensation is an unusual lilac with large single purple / white flowers.
    • Height after 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
    • Flower colour: Mauve
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    Souvenir de Louis Spaeth

    Syringa vulgaris
    Souvenir de Louis Spaeth is a highly scented lilac, with lilac-purple flowers.
    • Height after 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
    • Flower colour: Purple
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    Sweetheart

    Syringa vulgaris
    Sweetheart features large clusters of traditional lilac-coloured flowers.
    • Height after 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
    • Flower colour: Mauve


How to choose Lilac

Lilacs (Syringa) are small trees or large shrubs, part of the olive family. They are best known for their stunning spring blossom.  While many varieties - as the common name suggests - have lilac-coloured blossom, there are also varieties with mauve, purple, white or yellow blossom.

Flowering usually occurs in May and lasts several weeks, into early June.

The flowers of most lilacs are also strongly scented. Some are also "double" flowers, featuring a larger number of petals which give a more dense impact.

All lilacs like to be in full sun if possible, although they will tolerate some shade.

Lilacs will grow in most good soils, but are a particularly good choice if you are on chalk or slightly alkaline soil. Most lilacs will reach a height of about 3m after 10 years or so, with a typical spread of about 2m.

Lilacs quickly become multi-stemmed shrubs as a result of suckering from the base of the original stem.  We graft our lilacs on to rootstocks of the lilac species Syringa tomentella which is less prone to suckering, but if you prefer to maintain a single stem you should periodically check for and remove suckers as they arise.

Lilacs generally need little or no pruning. The best time to prune or tidy up is just after the flowers have finished.

All lilacs are cold-hardy and are unlikely to need winter protection in UK conditions.