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 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Plant Height: 8-10 feet
Plant Spread: 6-8 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: Lavender
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Uses: Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Patent/Plant Breeders' Rights: USPP 2,614 (Expired)

Common names
  • Lilac

Photo Gallery
Location: Denver Metro CO
Date: 5/7/15
taken with full overcast in the early evening
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date: 2004-05-31
Location: Denver Metro, CO
Date: 2012-04-02
you can see the variegated leaves
Location: Denver Metro, CO
Date: 2010-04-28
Dappled Dawn Lilac, baby plant freshly planted.
Location: Denver Metro, CO
Date: 2012-04-18
Closeup of the flowers & bud.  You can see they start lilac color
Location: Denver Metro CO
Date: 2013-02-19
Location: Denver Metro CO
Date: 2012-11-09
My Dappled Dawn's seeds (and my fat hand).  Not sure if they're v
Location: Denver Metro, CO
Date: 2012-04-02
Promise of flowers!
Location: Clinton, Michigan 49236
Date: 2013-10-06
  • Posted by Skiekitty (Denver Metro - Zone 5a) on Feb 19, 2013 11:48 AM concerning plant:
    Needs partial / dappled shade for the variegated leaf color. Full sun will cause the leaves to turn solid green. Not as vigorous a grower as some other lilacs, but comes back year after year. Kinda stingy on blooms, scent not as strong. Recommended only as a small oddball plant, not as a centerpiece lilac.

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