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Chinese lilac

This hybrid lilac blooms more profusely than its parent, common lilac.  It lacks fall color and like common lilac is prone to powdery mildew.

Botanical name: 
Syringa x chinensis
All Common Names: 
Chinese lilac
Family (English): 
Family (Botanic): 
Tree or Plant Type: 
  • Shrub
Native Locale: 
  • Non-native
Landscape Uses: 
  • Specimen
  • Mixed border
Size Range: 
  • Compact tree (10-15 feet)
  • Large shrub (more than 8 feet)
Light Exposure: 
  • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
Hardiness Zones: 
  • Zone 3
  • Zone 4
  • Zone 5
  • Zone 6
  • Zone 7
Soil Preference: 
  • Moist, well-drained soil
  • Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
Season of Interest: 
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
Flower Color & Fragrance: 
  • Fragrant
  • Purple
Shape or Form: 
  • Arching
  • Multi-stemmed
Growth Rate: 
  • Moderate
More Information: 


8 to 12 feet high and wide

Tree & Plant Care

Provide good air circulation to minimize powdery mildew infections

Prune after flowering

Disease, pests, and problems

Powdery mildew, aphids, scale

Bark color and texture 

Light brown

Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture

Simple leaves arranged in pairs (opposite) on the twigs

Similar in shape to other lilacs

No color change in fall

Flower arrangement, shape, and size

Large (4 to 6 inches) clusters of rosy purple flowers in spring

Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions

Fruit are small, brown capsules