Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Chinese Lilac

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Plant Information

  • Plant Type: Shrub: Large
  • Scientific Name: Syringa x chinensis Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Lilac
  • Related Cultivars:

    Syringa x chinensis 'Saugeana'

  • Zone: 4
  • Plant Size: 8-10'
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Bloom Color: Purple
  • Habit: Upright: spreading
  • Culture:

    Very adaptable. Full sun.

  • Notes:

    The fragrant purple flowers appear in mid-May. Small leaves and minimal suckering make it a more refined plant than the common lilac. The blooms perform poorly as cut flowers.

  • Pruning:Pruning animation

    Renewal pruning is accomplished by removing the largest, oldest stems (generally 1/4 to 1/3 of the total stems) as close to the ground as possible. This will stimulate new shoots to develop below the cuts which will fill in the plant creating a more dense and pleasing habit.

    Renewal pruning should be done when the plant is dormant, late fall to early spring.

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Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Bill Hoch, Associate Professor
Montana State University

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