Common Lilac

All About Common Lilac:

Scientific Nomenclature: Syringa vulgaris

Common Names: common lilac, English lilac, French lilac

Mature Height: 8–16 feet

Mature Spread: 6–12 feet

Growth Rate: Moderate

Attracts Wildlife: Pollinators and hummingbirds

Messiness: Highly fragrant flowers will bloom in the spring and drop shortly after.

Shape: Multi-stemmed/Vase

Native to Kentucky: No

Preferred Soils: Prefers moist, neutral (6.0–8.0pH) or alkaline (>8.0pH) loam or clay soils with good drainage and high organic matter content. It does not tolerate highly acidic or poorly drained soils.

Screening: Can be planted and used as a small privacy/border hedge.

Drought Tolerance: Is not tolerant of drought.

Coniferous or Deciduous: Deciduous

Pruning: Should be pruned regularly to maintain its appearance and form. Spreads rapidly through suckering.

Climate Quick Facts:

Following being planted as a sapling, over 20 years one common lilac will:

  • Sequester ~1,268 pounds of CO2.
  • Reduce stormwater runoff by 333 gallons.