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Common Purple Lilac

Syringa vulgaris

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Growing Zones: 3-7
(hardy down to -30℉)

Growing Zones 3-7
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

8-15 ft.

Mature Width:

6-12 ft.



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Botanical Name:

Syringa vulgaris

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The most fragrant blossoms in the world!

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!

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Customer Reviews

3.3 / 5.0
15 Reviews
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Bought for my MIL
Fist shipment arrived in pieces. I called fast growing trees and they fixed it immediately and sent another shipment out. Sadly the lilac is not growing as well as we would like as per now, but hope abounds.
July 12, 2018
7 months ago
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We ordered the Common Purple Lilac in June and it arrived intact and appeared healthy. We planted it two days later. So far, it appears to be adjusting to the new environment. We look forward to seeing its blooms. Based on this info I would recommend this plant.
July 6, 2018
6 months ago
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Overall I am very pleased
Thank you for the purple lilac plant as after the replacement of the initial plant the second one is doing well. It arrived fresh but no blooms yet
July 3, 2018
6 months ago
they didnt live. planted but maybe the weather was too warm. will try again in fall. still the best place to buy
June 17, 2018
8 months ago
It is not in bloom yet. An earlier purchase of this plant died. I have better luck with the roses that I bought from you. They are great.
June 11, 2018
9 months ago
This was part of my first ever order from this nursery. The plant is doing well. has leaves for the past 3 months. No flowers yet, later I'm sure. The Tuscarora Crape Myrtle is doing well also. The other 2 Crape Myrtles did not grow.
May 25, 2018
11 months ago
My wife's favorite color
I received these as part of a Mother's day order so they were naturally small plants, because they were free. They've not been planted yet, but FedEx just dropped them off with the Cherry and Peach trees, which look amazing. Can't wait to get everything in the ground. I love this company and they are always so helpful when I call. I've never had an issue with any purchase and I normally buy the plant warranty just in case. You can't get that type of service from a box store. Keep up the great work FGT. I'll keep landscaping my yard with your trees as long as I can afford it! I just wish you sold Osage Orange trees. I bought 3 saplings from Amazon and they all died.
May 15, 2018
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Unfortunately what I thought I purchased is not what I got, I had expected a more mature plant, what I got was a single twig with one leaf on it, this was planted weeks ago, and I still have the same sized twig with a single, sad leaf on it.

I've verified that it is not dead, so I guess that's good; however, it will be a long time before this is a Purple Lilac and not just a single leaf.
May 14, 2018
8 months ago
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ZERO Stars
So disappointed in this, it is crazy. I bought several items at same time, unhappy with 90% of order. Not an exaggeration when I say this came to me as a simple, small twig with 3-4 leaves on it. After 5 months it still looks the same. It won't make it through the winter is my guess. It is unbelievable how this came to me. This company is not a company I would ever recommend to anyone. Go to home depot or lowes, you will get much better for the same price, seriously.
November 13, 2017
1 year ago
Response from
Hi Denise! Thank you for shopping with us. We are very sorry to hear that you are not happy with your purchases. We've located your order, and we do see that you purchased the 1 Year Plant Warranty. If you could please call Customer Service at 888-504-2001 and voice your concerns, one of our representatives will be more than happy to file your claim. Thank you!
November 14, 2017
Amanda L Staff
Shaby brown leafs
As you can see by the pic. the plants delivered were very small and shabby for $20 each. This one plant is about 8" has browning leafs, and is covered in spots.
August 10, 2017
1 year ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Common Purple Lilac

Common Purple Lilac Planting Diretions

Common Purple Lilacs also know as (Syringa vulgaris) are one of the most popular fragrant multi blooming shrubs. These plants can bloom gorgeous white, pink or lavender clusters and reach a height of 8-15 ft. Lilac growth can range from 12-24 inches yearly; depending your growing environment and conditions. They are best grown in zones 3-7.

Choosing a location: Lilacs can tolerate full sun to partial shade, but prefer 6 hours of sun for the best bloom. In warmer climates plant your lilacs in afternoon shade so that they are not exposed to hot afternoon sun. Lilacs prefer rich, moist soil but do not like to be in areas that retain water for a long period of time.

Planting directions:
1) After choosing your area, dig a hole that is twice as wide and just as deep as the container that the plant arrives in.
2) Carefully remove the plant from the container. Lightly tapping the container will help to loosen it if it is difficult to remove.
3) Lightly comb the roots with your fingers to loosen the roots so that the spread out more quickly.
4) Place your plant in the hole so that the top of the soil is even with the surrounding soil level.
5) Back fill with a mixture of native soil and compost. These plants like rich soil so you can use a 50/50 mixture of compost and native soil. Water after every few inches to remove any air pockets. Tamp the soil well when done to eliminate air pockets.
6) Water well when done and cover the area with mulch to protect the roots and help them conserve moisture.

Watering: Lilacs like moist but not wet soil, they will need to be watered regularly while establishing. They’ll need water once or twice a week (sometimes more in extreme heat), allowing the soil to dry 1-2 inches down before watering again.

Pruning: Lilacs do not need much pruning except to remove damaged or crossing branches. If you remove faded or spent flowers immediately, it will increase the amount of flowers the following season.

Fertilization: Fertilize lilacs in early spring before bloom with a well balanced fertilizer to encourage growth and blooms. A 10-10-10 or all purpose shrub fertilizer will be adequate, please read and follow the label instructions.

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
Needed an attractive hedge plant to obscure view of some neighboring buildings and LOVE the fragrance.
Shefa B on Jul 4, 2018
Always wanted one
Laura S on Jun 16, 2018
Needed an attractive hedge plant to obscure view of some neighboring buildings and LOVE the fragrance.
Shefa B on Jul 4, 2018
talked to your plant expert and this bush was highly recommended for the use I had for it.
Mary H on Jun 18, 2018
Always wanted one
Laura S on Jun 16, 2018
RUSSELL B on May 22, 2018
looking for some color and character
Beverly J on May 13, 2018
Didn’t pick this
Anthony S on May 13, 2018
Got it for mothers day for my MIL.
Natasha B on May 11, 2018
The fragrance that this plant puts out is amazing, the blooms are beautiful
Lois R on May 10, 2018
I love lilacs and wanted to send some to a very special friend.
Nina K on May 10, 2018
Wife wanted to try them
Edward B on May 9, 2018
Cynthia M on May 8, 2018
Had these growing wanted them again
Rich S on May 1, 2018
There is nothing like the smell of lilacs. I love these plants.
Jenny R on Apr 30, 2018
Love the look and smell of the lilac!
William L on Apr 30, 2018
Lilac !!! The smell!
Nikki W on Apr 7, 2018
Color and privacy
Christine H on Feb 25, 2018
Robert B on Feb 13, 2018
love the smell--grew up with them
Mary M on Jan 30, 2018
Color and Aroma
Joey O on Jan 2, 2018
Because My Mom had Lilac bushes and they smelled so good!!!
Diana B on Oct 29, 2017
Reminded me of childhood
Rochelle V on Jan 16, 2017
Its hardy and will quickly add colour and aroma to a new home.
Michelle A on Jan 4, 2017
I love the smell!
Darren W on Oct 14, 2016
The color and fragrance
Kim W on Apr 19, 2016
To fill my beautiful plastic fence with beautiful shrub too.
Alfred D on Apr 15, 2016
Fast growing, great smelling, easy to maintain.
Ryan C on Apr 13, 2016
This is my mothers favorite bush and this picture shows dark purple blossoms. I want something in the yard that reminds me of her and put some color to our area.
Diane C on Apr 3, 2016
I love lilac
rex s on Apr 3, 2016
The price on these was decent, and I don't like bare root plants. I just hope they all make it considering this company doesn't have a great guarantee.
Leander F on Mar 31, 2016
mark g on Mar 21, 2016
It is beautiful and spreads a very pleasant aroma
Inara T on Mar 18, 2016
Because I simply LOVE it!
Victoria G on Mar 5, 2016
Like lilacs
don m on Mar 1, 2016
I bought this bush for the fragrance and healing propreties.
Natacha T on Dec 10, 2015
talked to your plant expert and this bush was highly recommended for the use I had for it.
Mary H on Jun 18, 2018
RUSSELL B on May 22, 2018
How many plants would I need to cover 100 Ft ?
Kenny C on Jan 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: If you'll divide a 100 by 10= 10, if you'll divide a 100 by 12 =8 to 10 bushes. I'm just a customer, but it's seems right to me. Maybe it's can spread less then 12', then do like 8', you can always prune them.
when do I plant a lilac bush in Texas?
A shopper on Oct 5, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Can I still plant the purple Lilac in the Dallas area, even though we are in zone 8 ?
is this every green shrub?
Jenny on Jan 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No it is deciduous. They will lose their leaves in the winter.
How far apart do you plant them?
Nancy on Apr 26, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I would plant them 3-4 foot.
Problems with my lilac blooms , not a lot of blooms what can I do for it ?
Lillie W on May 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: If there over fertilized they wont bloom. Only add a handful of 10-10-10 in the late winter. Pruning is important to promote new growth and blooms. Prune off the dead wood in the spring after they bloom, rather than the summer.
Would they do well in Southern Calif ?
Nancy on Apr 26, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 3-7. Click the link below to look up what growing zone your in.
are they animal friendly?
Linda K on Jan 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Lilacs do not contain any chemicals that will poison animals or humans.
why is the shipping so late for zone 6?
marilyn b on Sep 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: We are waiting until these go dormant to dig them. Being in a zone 6 we will postpone shipping until the beginning of April.
Do you need to cross pollination?
Donna B on May 30, 2015
Do deer leave them alone?
Stacy E on Mar 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Till now they did not try it, only some broken limps, perhaps jumping over the fence or trying the taste. They prefer the small apple trees in my son's adjacent garden.
Are these deciduous? I want privacy from nosy neighbor. The aroma is enticing & the reason I want it
Nancy L on May 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes they are and they are not so dense that it fits the purpose. I would use something else for that reason and plant some lilacs in front of them for beauty and the best smell you can put in your garden.
ate they a bloom that honey bees like?
One cart will travel! on Mar 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hi Norma, honestly these have a short (albeit lovely) blooming season so they aren't good for honey bees.the best blooms for bees are echinacea and buddleia, plant borage and even zinnias hill have more bees than you'll know what to do with!
How close can you plant them to one another?
Anthony B on Apr 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Plant them 3-4 feet apart.
Is it deer resistant?
David G on Mar 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have A LOT deer that come in my yard and A LOT of wisteria and I have never seen them have any interest in the wisteria - too busy eating the apples and grapes I put out - but they did mow through all my hydrangea bushes! Lisa
What fertilizer do you use on lilacs?
Richard H on Jul 19, 2015
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
when to transplant lilac bush?
Peggy S on Apr 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Spring/Fall would be a good time to plant
Why is my new lilac not growing at all? Just planted it this spring to replace a mature one that had to be removed due to sewer issues, followed instructions to the letter, & kept it watered during a very hot summer. It looks healthy but has not grown even one inch. Was hoping for fast growth to screen a neighbors yard.
Lin S on Oct 5, 2018
I want the light purple, not the dark. What should I order?
Siobhán P on Jul 21, 2018

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