Persian Lilac (Syringa persica) in the Lilacs Database

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Syringa persica Accepted
Syringa laciniata Synonym
Syringa protolaciniata Synonym
Syringa afghanica Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
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: 4 to 8 feet
Plant Spread: 5 to 10 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: Lavender
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem

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Photo gallery:
Location: East San Joaquin County, CADate: 2017-10-14bloom
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Location: East San Joaquin County, CADate: 2017-03-22Entire plant
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-04-19close-up of flower clusters
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Date: 2018-05-21
By KarenNebr
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2018-05-12full-grown shrub in bloom
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-04-19mature shrub in flower
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Location: Aurora, IllinoisDate: May in 1980'sfull-grown shrub in bloom with other plants
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Comments:
Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on May 18, 2018 7:31 PM

The Persian Lilac is a hybrid between the Afghan Lilac x the Cutleaf Lilac from central Asia and is almost completely sterile, not bearing dehiscent brown capsules. It has small, spearhead leaves about 1 to 3 inches long x 1/2 to 1 inch wide. The lilac-colored flower clusters are looser than those of the Common Lilac and are just as fragrant, and can also be used as cut flowers in a vase. Some are still sold at most larger nurseries in the Chicago area. Not nearly as frequently planted as the Common Lilac. I just find it here and there occasionally. It is a nice larger shrub usually about 8 to 10 feet high. The leaves often get mildew in late summer and fall; not having any autumn color like most other lilacs. (There is a good possibility that the Persian Lilac that is occasionally sold by conventional nurseries is really the Rouen Lilac (Syringa x rothomagensis) (also called the Chinese Lilac of Syringa x chinensis, though not from China) that is a hybrid of the Persian Lilac x the Common Lilac that occurred in Rouen, France in 1777. The Rouen Lilac gets 8 to 15 feet high and bears flower clusters to about 6 inches long. The true Persian Lilac only gets 4 to 8 feet high and bears flower clusters to 3 inches long, according to the textbooks.) Therefore, conventional nurseries may have it slightly mislabelled.

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Posted by MaryDurtschi on Sep 1, 2019 8:32 PM

I purchased mine under the common name "Cut-Leaf Lilac." I like variety in everything that I collect, so when I saw those leaves I had to have it. My photo shows the leaves pretty well.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Osmanthus? by Galanthophile May 22, 2018 11:50 PM 2
Persian Lilac, cut-leaf lilac by NCRAS Oct 20, 2017 9:03 PM 24
What kind of Lilac is this? by gemini_sage Nov 23, 2011 12:37 PM 11

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