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Scentara Pura® Lilac

Syringa x hyacinthiflora

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Scentara Pura® Lilac

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The Scentara Pura® Lilac (Syringa x hyacinthiflora) stands as a modern marvel in the world of ornamental shrubs. A quintessential addition to any garden, it is renowned for its classic, intoxicating fragrance and remarkable disease resistance. This variety of lilac, belonging to the hyacinthiflora group, is distinguished by its pure purple blooms and a deep, true scent that captures the essence of spring.

What makes the Scentara Pura® particularly appealing is its adaptability to warmer climates. Unlike traditional lilacs, it requires less chilling, making it a superior choice for regions with milder winters. Its fresh green foliage, which remains resilient against diseases, ensures the plant's attractiveness throughout the year, even when not in bloom.

Growing to a mature size of 4 to 6 feet in both height and spread, this medium-sized deciduous shrub is versatile in its uses. Whether planted as a border, a focal point in the landscape, or as part of a mass planting, it promises to be a spectacular showpiece. Its upright habit makes it an ideal choice for containers as well, where it can serve as a thrilling centerpiece.

Plant Attributes

The Scentara Pura® Lilac (Syringa x hyacinthiflora) is a captivating deciduous shrub that is highly celebrated for its outstanding attributes. One of its most notable features is its striking flower color – a vivid purple that adds a splash of elegance to any garden setting. These blooms are not only visually appealing but are also extremely fragrant, emitting a classic lilac scent that is both deep and true. The fragrance is so potent that it can easily fill a garden space, making the Scentara Pura® a prime choice for areas where a natural, aromatic ambiance is desired.

In terms of growth, this lilac reaches a medium size, typically growing to a height and spread of 4 to 6 feet. This manageable size makes it suitable for a variety of landscaping uses, whether as a stand-alone specimen, a part of a border planting, or as a component of mass plantings. Its upright growth habit further enhances its versatility, allowing it to fit seamlessly into different garden designs, including container gardening where it can serve as a stunning centerpiece.

Landscape Use

The Scentara Pura® Lilac (Syringa x hyacinthiflora) offers a versatile range of landscaping uses, making it a valuable addition to various garden designs:

  1. Fragrant Hedge: With its dense growth habit and fragrant flowers, it is perfect for creating aromatic hedges that can define garden spaces or provide privacy.
  2. Specimen Plant: Its striking purple flowers and lush green foliage make it an excellent specimen plant. It can serve as a focal point in gardens, drawing attention during its blooming season.
  3. Border Planting: The moderate size of the Scentara Pura® Lilac allows it to be used effectively in border plantings, adding both color and fragrance to garden edges.
  4. Mass Planting: Planting several of these shrubs together in a mass planting can create a dramatic visual and olfactory impact, especially when in full bloom.
  5. Cottage Gardens: Its traditional lilac blooms and fragrance make it a perfect fit for cottage garden styles, where it can complement other classic garden plants.
  6. Mixed Shrub Borders: The Scentara Pura® Lilac can be mixed with other shrubs in a border, offering a succession of blooms and varied textures throughout the growing season.
  7. Container Gardening: Due to its manageable size, it can be grown in large containers, adding mobility and versatility to its placement in the garden or on patios.
  8. Wildlife Garden: The flowers can attract pollinators, making it a valuable plant for a wildlife or pollinator garden.
  9. Cut Flower Garden: Its fragrant, beautiful blooms are ideal for cutting gardens, providing material for indoor floral arrangements.
  10. Screening: When planted in a row, these lilacs can form a natural screen, helping to obscure unsightly views or separate garden areas.
  11. Urban Gardens: Its disease resistance and adaptability to different conditions make it suitable for urban gardens where space and environmental conditions might be challenging.
  12. Foundation Plantings: It can be used around foundations to soften building lines and add seasonal interest.

By incorporating the Scentara Pura® Lilac into your garden, you can enjoy not only its visual beauty but also its delightful fragrance, adding a sensory experience to your outdoor space

Planting & Care

Planting and caring for the Scentara Pura® Lilac (Syringa x hyacinthiflora) involves several key steps to ensure its healthy growth and abundant blooming:


  1. Timing: Plant in early spring or fall when the weather is cooler.
  2. Location: Choose a site with full sun (at least 6 hours of direct sunlight) to promote the best blooms.
  3. Soil: Prefers well-drained soil. It can tolerate various soil types but thrives in alkaline soil.
  4. Spacing: Space plants 4 to 6 feet apart to allow for mature growth.
  5. Planting Depth: Plant at the same depth as the root ball.
  6. Watering After Planting: Water thoroughly after planting to settle the soil around the roots.


  1. Watering: Water regularly during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Reduce frequency once established, but provide more water in extreme heat.
  2. Mulching: Apply a layer of mulch around the base to retain moisture and regulate soil temperature.
  3. Fertilizing: Fertilize in early spring with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer.
  4. Pruning: Prune immediately after flowering if necessary. Scentara Pura® Lilac blooms on old wood, so late pruning can remove next season's flowers.
  5. Disease and Pest Management: While it's disease-resistant, keep an eye out for common lilac pests and diseases. Treat as necessary with appropriate fungicides or insecticides.
  6. Winter Care: In colder zones, provide winter protection with additional mulch around the base.

Additional Tips:

  • Soil Drainage: Ensure good drainage to prevent root rot. Avoid planting in areas where water tends to collect.
  • Avoid Overwatering: Lilacs do not like soggy soil. Overwatering can lead to root problems.
  • Sunlight: Lilacs bloom best in full sun. Inadequate sunlight can reduce blooming.
  • Deadheading: Remove spent blooms to promote plant health and appearance.

By following these planting and care guidelines, your Scentara Pura® Lilac will be well-positioned to thrive and bring years of fragrant, beautiful blooms to your garden.

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Plant Features

  • Plant Type: Shrub
  • Watering Needs: Requires well-drained soil; avoid soggy conditions. Water regularly but do not overwater.
  • Botanical Pronunciation: si-RIN-ga x hy-ah-SIN-thi-flor-a
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Deciduous
  • Growth rate: Moderate
  • Average landscape size: Grows to a height and spread of 4-6 feet.
  • Special features: Border Plant, Cut Flower, Good for Screening, Landscape, Mass Planting, Specimen or Focal Point, Deer Resistant
  • Dramatic Foliage: Lush green foliage
  • Foliage color: Green
  • Blooms: Spring
  • Flower color: Purple
  • Flower attributes: Extremely Fragrant Flowers
  • Garden style: Cottage, Rustic, Traditional
  • Design Ideas: Ideal for creating a fragrant hedge or as a standalone specimen in a garden. Can be used in mass plantings for a dramatic effect or as a border plant to add color and fragrance. Its compact size makes it suitable for small garden spaces and container gardening.
  • Companion Plants: Complements a variety of garden plants; particularly effective with other spring bloomers or plants with contrasting foliage or flower colors.

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