General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Moderately alkaline (7.9 – 8.4)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 2 -45.6 °C (-50 °F) to -42.8 °C (-45°F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7b
Plant Height: 11 feet
Plant Spread: 8 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: Lavender
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Guardian plant
Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Stolons and runners
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Containers: Not suitable for containers

Common names
  • French Lilac
  • Common Lilac
  • Lilac

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Location: Maryland
Date: 2015-04-30
Location: Silver Spring, MD
Date: 2014-05-02
Location: Maryland
Date: 2015-04-29
Location: Maryland
Date: 2015-04-29

Photo courtesy of Longfield Gardens
  • Uploaded by Joy

Photo courtesy of Longfield Gardens
  • Uploaded by Joy
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  • Posted by Catmint20906 (PNW WA half hour south of Olympia - Zone 8a) on Aug 27, 2014 12:31 PM concerning plant:
    Common Lilac (Syringa vulgaris) 'Yankee Doodle' produces a profusion of vivid magenta, fragrant blossoms in the late spring. Flowers best each year if the blossoms are deadheaded immediately after fading. Syringa vulgaris is a larval host plant for the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and the Spicebush Swallowtail butterflies. Prefers cooler summers, and in my Zone 7a garden it is prone to powdery mildew in the late summer.
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