Cut-leaf lilac Syringa × laciniata Photo/Illustration: Steve Silk 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Cut-leaf lilac (Syringa × laciniata) Synonyms: S. × persica 'Laciniata' Genus: Syringa This graceful hybrid produces fragrant, pale lilac flower clusters up to 4 inches long in late spring. The difference this lilac offers is its airy, finely textured foliage. It forms a spreading shrub 6 feet to 8 feet tall and wide. Noteworthy Characteristics: Fragrant flowers; finely textured foliage. Care: Grow in reasonably fertile, well-drained soil in full sun; prefers neutral to slightly alkaline soil. Promptly deadhead spent blossoms to produce more robust blooms for the following year. Prune lightly in late winter or early spring to maintain a healthy framework, remembering that most species form flowers the previous season. Plant in areas with good air circulation to thwart disease. Because lilacs are fire retardant, they can be considered for planting near homes that are susceptible to wildfires. Most lilacs require a period of chilling dormancy. Propagation: Take softwood cuttings or layer in early summer. Graft in winter; bud in summer. Problems: Powdery mildew, dieback, leafroll virus, mycoplasma-like organisms (MLO), root knot nematode, Verticillium wilt, witches' broom, bacterial leaf spot, anthracnose, borers, scale, caterpillars. Overview Height 6 ft. to 10 ft. Spread 6 ft. to 10 ft. Growth Habit Spreads Growth Pace Moderate Grower Light Full Sun Only Moisture Medium Moisture Maintenance Low Characteristics Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Fragrant Flowers, Showy Flowers, Showy Foliage Bloom Time Spring Uses Beds and Borders, Cut Flower, Specimen Plant/Focal Point Style Cottage Garden Seasonal Interest Spring Interest Type Shrubs Syringa × laciniataView the discussion thread.