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Syringa × laciniata (Cut-leaf lilac)

Syringa × laciniata Photo/Illustration: Steve Silk


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Syringa × laciniata Common Name: Cut-leaf lilac Synonyms: S. × persica 'Laciniata', S. × persica var. laciniata , S. protolaciniata × S. vulgaris 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.
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, Summer Interest
Type Shrubs

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