Common Lilac

Syringa vulgaris 'Katherine Havemeyer'

Common Lilac - Syringa vulgaris  'Katherine Havemeyer'

Common Name: Common Lilac
Genus: Syringa
Species: vulgaris
Cultivar: 'Katherine Havemeyer'

This plant gets its genus name from the Greek syrinx for musical pipe as the stems of this plant are hollow and were used to make musical pipes in antiquity.

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Has fragrant flowers/foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 7.00 m (700 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 7.00 m (700 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Blue, Purple
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: May & June

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

Dense clusters of wonderfully scented double lavender blue flowers from purple buds in May and June and heart shaped mid green leaves. This pretty spreading lilac makes an excellent backdrop for a sunny mixed or shrub border. Mulch each year in early spring and avoid pruning young plants except to remove unproductive or diseased wood.

  • Garden care: In mid summer remove the faded flower heads carefully using secateurs to avoid damaging the young shoots. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant in early spring.

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