Common Purple Lilac

Syringa vulgaris

If you want to enjoy beautiful purple flowers, make sure to plant a captivating lilac in your yard. There is something extraordinary about having the scent of the Common Purple lilac (Syringa vulgaris) drifting through a landscape. When you are ready to have this specimen for your next project, make sure to contact the team at Arbor Valley Nursery.

Common Purple Lilac Attributes

This variety is one of the best lilac bushes in the industry. Most of those other varieties can trace their roots to the Syringa vulgaris. The large fragrant flowers provide vibrant spring color. Those clusters form at the branch tips during the middle of spring. When placed against the dark green, heart-shaped leaves, these flowers are the perfect contrasting element. Those panicles of fragrant flowers can be cut to bring color into your indoor space. The heart-shaped leaves turn a bluish-green color in the summer. The Common Purple lilac shines in the spring, and there is no appreciable fall color.

Common Purple Lilac



  • Plant Type: Flowering shrub‚Äč
  • Watering Needs: Moderate
  • Botanical Pronunciation: sih-REEN-gah vul-GAIR-kiss
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Deciduous
  • Growth rate: Moderate
  • Average landscape size: Reaches 12 feet tall and 10 feet wide
  • Special features: Fragrant and colorful flowers
  • Foliage color: Green
  • Blooms: Mid-spring
  • Flower color: Purple
  • Flower attributes: Fragrant flowers that can be used for cuttings
  • Garden style: Rustic, cottage
  • Design Ideas: Place this shrub wherever you want to enjoy beautiful blooms and fragrant scents. Makes a perfect border or privacy screen.
  • Companion Plants: Maiden grass, juniper, and coneflower

Common Purple Lilac Landscape Uses

When you are planting this lilac in your yard, make sure to give it plenty of room to grow. There are other varieties of smaller lilacs that will be a better choice for those tight spots. The Common Purple lilac develops into a large rounded deciduous shrub. You can use this lilac as a screening plant or untrimmed hedge.

Consider adding a few lilacs to that area when you want a focal point near a patio or window. Not only will the Syringa vulgaris present a great appearance, but it will have a pleasant scent throughout the spring.

You might want to use these lilacs as a natural fence or add them to spaces where you want a little privacy. The Common Purple lilac is perfect for those larger landscapes. Mix in these lilacs with front-facing plants for an exceptional shelterbelt or windbreak. Younger plants can break snow and wind. When they mature, the Common Purple lilac softens the look of spaces when mixed with other trees.

If you want to create a natural grouping, add an odd number of the Syringa vulgaris. A triangular planting or staggered row is the best way to give your yard a more naturalized look. A zig-zag pattern is an ideal way to provide a backdrop to a perennial or mixed shrub border.

Common Purple Lilac Planting and Care

The Common Purple lilac grows in USDA zones 3 to 7. You can plant them from the early spring to the late fall. The area where you plant them does matter, and you want to make sure it drains well. If that spot tends to puddle, simply add a mound before placing the lilac in that area. A mound of a few inches should be sufficient. Lilacs don’t tolerate wet soils.

If you want to have an exceptional spring bloom, make sure to prune right after the flowers have blossomed for the spring. As the flowers fade, trim them so that new growth can develop for the next growing season. A late trim often eliminates potential flowers for the following spring.

Any Common Purple lilac that has been in your yard for over a decade should have a renewal pruning. With that, you cut after the flowers have faded. Make sure to cut the oldest and thickest branches down to the ground. The younger branches will keep your plant healthy and vibrant.

The blooms are one of the best features of this plant, and you want to make sure that you do everything right to promote growth. Plant your lilacs in an area where they will get direct sunshine. It is important to keep lawn fertilizer away from the roots. Nitrogen can help it produce greener foliage, but it can be detrimental to the bloom development.

Bring This Classic Lilac Home!

Syringa vulgaris

If you want to bring a classic shrub to your landscape, make sure to choose the Common Purple lilac. In the spring, this plant is a showstopper with its fragrant blooms and purple color. Even in the summer, it continues to delight with the soft green foliage. Arbor Valley Nursery can help you get this specimen for your yard.

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