Common Lilac


  • Form shrub
  • Attracts pollinators
  • Sweet smelling light purple flowers
  • Attractive light green leaves
  • Popular ornamental
  • Deer tolerant
  • Walnut tolerant
  • Seedling height: 6″-12″

Height: 8ft-15ft
Spread: 6ft-12ft
Water Needs: Medium-Dry to Medium-Wet
Soil Needs: Sand, Loam, Clay
Growth Rate: Medium

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Common Lilac
Description Common lilac (Syringa vulgaris) is a deciduous large shrub or small tree. Lilac is not native to Michigan, it is naturalized. Lilac is not regarded as an aggressive species. Lilac is an ornamental plant grown for its scented flowers. Its flowers support and attract pollinators. This is a hardy plant being tolerant to walnut and deer.
Height 8 – 15 ft.
Spread 6 – 12 ft.
Growth rate Medium
Sun Full sun
Water use Medium
Soil Moist, well-drained soils
Bloom & Fruit
Bloom time May – June
Bloom color White, purple
Harvest/Fruit type Capsule
Edible/Inedible Inedible
Nativeness Non-native
Benefits Ornamental, good for pollinators, showy flowers, erosion control, windbreak
Climate Change Hardiness Unknown adaptability

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