Syringa vulgaris 'Arch McKean'

Common Lilac

Tips for Homeowners:

A new planting of lilac is best deadheaded in order to promote blooms for the following year.  Mature lilacs need to have at least 3 of the oldest branches removed yearly to maintain a good framework.  Important to remember that the lilac blooms on old wood so do not remove too much.

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Add charm to the landscape and the spring bouquet with the sweet smell of these rich purplish red blossoms.

  • Bright reddish-purple flowers
  • Blooms late spring/early summer
  • Fragrant, long-lasting flowers for the spring bouquet

Plant as a specimen, in shrub borders or makes an excellent hedge or screen.

Height: 8-10 ft
Spread: 8-10 ft
Zone: 2-7
Color: Magenta, Purple

Interesting Notes about Common Lilac:

Lilacs are primarily popular for their fragrance and flowers in the spring.  The flowers are beautiful in bouquets and hummingbirds and butterflies enjoy them too, plus for many the lilac is the official sign of spring.  The lilac bush is a tough plant because they will survive on neglect, but if grown in a fertile, well-drained soil, pruned properly and given good air circulation the bush has a chance to survive insect and disease issues.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Mass Planting
  • Spring Bloomer
  • Cut Flower/ Foliage
  • Fragrant
  • Long Blooming
  • Specimen
  • Border or Bed

Foliage Color:

  • Green


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Attracts Pollinators
  • Attracts Humming-birds

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Spring
  • Summer

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water