Cut-leaf lilac

Syringa × laciniata

Photo/Illustration: 
Steve Silk
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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
Flower Color
Pink Flower,
Purple/Lavender Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Hedge,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Style
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Shrubs

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