TREES & plants

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
  • Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
Native Locale: 
  • Non-native
Hardiness Zones: 
  • Zone 3
  • Zone 4
  • Zone 5
  • Zone 6
  • Zone 7
Growth Rate: 
  • Medium
Light Exposure: 
  • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
  • Alkaline soil
Soil Preference: 
  • Moist, well-drained soil
Flower Color & Fragrance: 
  • Fragrant
  • Purple
Size Range: 
  • Compact tree (10-15 feet)
  • Large shrub (more than 8 feet)
Shape or Form: 
  • Arching
  • Multi-stemmed
Landscape Uses: 
  • Specimen
  • Mixed border
Time of Year: 
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
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