Common Lilac

Syringa vulgaris 'Sensation'

Common Lilac - Syringa vulgaris  'Sensation'

Common Name: Common Lilac
Genus: Syringa
Species: vulgaris
Cultivar: 'Sensation'

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, Good for wildlife

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 5.00 m (500 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 3.00 m (300 cm)

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

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

The single rich purple-red flowers of this rare lilac have a distict white edge to each petal creating a beautiful bi-colour effect. They are highly fragrant and appear in great trusses in late spring when they will fill the air with their sweet scent. Ideal for wildlife-friendly gardens these much-loved shrubs can also be trained to form small trees.

  • 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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