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Old Fashioned Lilac Bush (2-3 Foot)

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🧬Scientific Name: Syringa vulgaris

🗺️USDA Hardiness Zones: 3-7

Old Fashioned Lilac is a deciduous shrub or small tree that can reach a height of 8-20 feet (2.4-6.1 m) and a spread of 6-12 feet (1.8-3.7 m). The foliage of Old Fashioned Lilac is deciduous and heart-shaped, turning shades of yellow, orange, or purple in the fall.

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All About The Purple Blooming Lilac

Why Old Fashioned Lilac?

Old Fashioned Lilac is a popular ornamental plant that is a perennial, deciduous Large Shrub and grows 12 to 15 feet tall. It is an old-fashioned and beloved Large Shrub because of its beautiful and fragrant flowers. It is one of the most effective flowering Large Shrubs and is common in northern and colder climates.


It is easy to establish and grows well in most soil types but prefers neutral to slightly acidic growing sites. They love the sun and must be positioned in a warm sunny area with well-drained soils.


Old Fashioned Lilac is a Large Shrub with multiple uses. Its bark and leaves are chewed for sore mouth treatment. In contrast, its twigs and flowers are used for obtaining green and yellow-orange dye. It is also famous for its fragrance and is used in perfumes.


Syringa vulgaris are also used as screen, hedges, and specimens. The smaller Large Shrubs can be potted in containers and used in small gardens for their enchanting beauty and alluring scent.

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Plant Summary

Key Information for Old Fashioned Lilac Bush (2-3 Foot) (Syringa vulgaris):

  • 📏Size: Old Fashioned Lilac is a deciduous shrub or small tree that can reach a height of 8-20 feet (2.4-6.1 m) and a spread of 6-12 feet (1.8-3.7 m).
  • 🍂Foliage: The foliage of Old Fashioned Lilac is deciduous and heart-shaped, turning shades of yellow, orange, or purple in the fall.
  • 🌼Flowers & Fruit: In late spring to early summer, Old Fashioned Lilac produces highly fragrant, lavender to purple flowers in panicles. The flowers are followed by small, brown capsules containing winged seeds.
  • ↕️Growth Habit: Old Fashioned Lilac has an upright, spreading growth habit with arching branches.
  • ☀️Sunlight: Old Fashioned Lilac thrives in full sun and is tolerant of different light conditions.
  • 🪨Soil: Old Fashioned Lilac prefers well-drained soil and is adaptable to different soil types.
  • 🗺️Hardiness: Old Fashioned Lilac is hardy in USDA zones 3 to 7.
  • 🧪pH Level: Old Fashioned Lilac prefers a soil pH between 6.5 and 7.0.
  • 🌳Pruning: Pruning of Old Fashioned Lilac should be done in late winter or early spring before new growth starts. Remove any dead or diseased branches and prune to shape the shrub as needed.
  • 🐛Pests & Disease: Old Fashioned Lilac is generally resistant to pests and diseases. Regular care can help maintain a healthy shrub.
Pollination Information

Pollination of Old Fashioned Lilac Bush (2-3 Foot) (Syringa vulgaris):

Old Fashioned Lilac flowers are hermaphroditic, containing both male and female reproductive parts. The flowers are insect-pollinated and attract bees and butterflies. The small, brown capsules that follow contain winged seeds that are dispersed by wind. Old Fashioned Lilac is a beloved classic in gardens and landscapes, appreciated for its iconic fragrance and beautiful flowers. The shrub's attractive foliage and showy blooms make it a standout in spring landscapes. Old Fashioned Lilac is often used as a focal point in cottage gardens, borders, and mixed shrub plantings. The lilac's cultural significance and historical associations add to its charm and popularity. Conservation efforts focus on promoting the responsible planting of native lilac species like Old Fashioned Lilac and preventing the spread of non-native varieties that can become invasive. Sustainable landscaping practices prioritize the use of regionally appropriate plants that provide ecological benefits and enhance the beauty of outdoor spaces. Efforts to conserve and protect native lilac species aim to preserve the genetic diversity and unique characteristics of these cherished garden plants.



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