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You can always count on fragrant purple lilacs blooming in springtime. Their scent lingers and brings back sweet memories.

Common Purple Lilac

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Fragrant lavender flower clusters bloom mid to late spring, filling your yard with sweet smelling fragrances for weeks, if not months.

These plants are so aromatic.

These lilac shrubs make excellent hedges. They mature up to 8-15 feet tall, and give you a flowering alternative to most privacy shrubs. Trim once a year or leave them alone to grow into their natural form.

Purple Lilac bushes reach their full size in a hurry... so you get a mature hedge quickly. Known for its cold hardiness, these lilacs will thrive in the north.

Adaptable to most soil conditions, and pest resistant, too! A fast grower that requires minimal care… just plant it and forget it!

Gives your yard unequivocal fragrance and color for a lifetime!



Growing Zones: 3-7

Mature Height: 8-15 ft.
Mature Width: 6-12 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Syringa vulgaris
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 3-7
This plant is recommended for zones: 3-7
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It's Easy to Plant your Common Purple Lilac

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Common Purple Lilac.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Common Purple Lilac gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Common Purple Lilac again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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Love them. Actually bloomed first spring and have really grown this first summer.
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December 31, 2012
over 2 years ago
Received my lilac on 09/16/11 and planted it on the 19th. Looks really good for being shipped so far. I was skeptical about how it would do with shipping but I was pleasantly surprised. It only had a few damaged leaves. Can't wait until next spring! When lilac's bloom the morell mushrooms are ready to pick in this part of the country!
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December 31, 2012
over 3 years ago
Just planted last summer but all 8 came back healthy this year and are already growing vibrantly.
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How many plants would I need to cover 100 Ft ?
Kenny C on Jan 1, 2015
I'm looking for a nice privacy bush/hedge to cover a 10 ft. fence and full sun. It needs to be deer resistance, pest and insect resistance as well. I live in zone 7 NY area with an area of 150 ft. by 8ft wide, would this be a good choice in plant and if you have any other suggestions it would be very helpful?
Steve L on Mar 11, 2015
is this every green shrub?
Jenny on Jan 20, 2015
when do I plant a lilac bush in Texas?
A shopper on Oct 5, 2014
what is the deepest purple lilac bush called?
Diana T on Apr 3, 2015
How far apart do you plant them?
Nancy on Apr 26, 2015
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Would they do well in Southern Calif ?
Nancy on Apr 26, 2015
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I also have your Maple Japanese Coral Bark Tree, and it is bare also; didn't survive our last winter; it too has been without life(leave) all summer. Will you please assist?
Regina B on Oct 2, 2014
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Problems with my lilac blooms , not a lot of blooms what can I do for it ?
Lillie W on May 2, 2015
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Why isn't my lilac bush planted last year blooming?
Linda D on May 16, 2015
Best Answer: Hi Linda, I purchased what I thought to be a common lilac from FGT in 2013, I have a few neighbors and a good friend who had them so when I went to compare what I had to what they had the leaves on none of the other syringa resembled mine, but I planted it and hoped that just maybe I just had something different. When spring rolled
Around it leafed out but no blooms, not a single bud, nothing so I contacted FGT with pictures of my 'lilac'. Long story short, even the horticulturist couldn't identify it and I received a refund. So maybe you have a similar issue? Check your leaves and compare to other lilacs to be sure they the same in shape and and size, could be you don't have a lilac at all. I decided to give it another try this year because I really want a lilac in my yard and pursed from FGT, a I nervously opened the box to happily find a lilac healthy and ready to plant that actually looks like a lilac :-) best wishes, how this helps
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What fertilizer do you use on lilacs?
Richard H on Jul 19, 2015
Best Answer: Hi Richard
You want to fertilize in early spring with a general all purpose fertilizer or one high in phosphorous. You DO NOT want to use one with high nitrogen as that promotes leafing and poor blooming. You shoulf repeat fertilizing after all the blooms have fallen off. Happy Gardening
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Do you need to cross pollination?
Donna B on May 30, 2015
Best Answer: No
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when to transplant lilac bush?
Peggy S on Apr 30, 2015
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I have this purple lilac and it didn't survive our last winter. It has been bare all summer; it is under your protection plan. Will you please assist?
Regina B on Oct 2, 2014
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Will "Declaration Lilacs" grow well in Henderson NV. Have 2 -took them out of direct sun and stems still green green but leaves are crisp brown. What can I do. Kept moist but not wet?
M B on Sep 12, 2014
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