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Meyer Lilac

Unlike most lilacs, Meyer lilac is fairly resistant to powdery mildew.  That resistance, coupled with profuse flowering make this an excellent choice for the landscape.  In the nursery trade, Meyer lilac is usaully represented by the cultivar 'Palabin' (see 'Cultivars' below).

Botanical name: 
Syringa meyeri
All Common Names: 
Meyer lilac
Family (English): 
Olive
Family (Botanic): 
Oleacea
Tree or Plant Type: 
  • Shrub
Native Locale: 
  • Non-native
Landscape Uses: 
  • Specimen
  • Massing
  • Hedge
  • Foundation
  • Mixed border
  • Screen
Size Range: 
  • Medium shrub (5-8 feet)
Light Exposure: 
  • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
  • Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
Hardiness Zones: 
  • Zone 3
  • Zone 4
  • Zone 5
  • Zone 6
  • Zone 7
Soil Preference: 
  • Moist, well-drained soil
Foliage: 
  • Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
Season of Interest: 
  • Mid spring
Flower Color & Fragrance: 
  • Fragrant
  • Purple
Shape or Form: 
  • Mounded
  • Round
Growth Rate: 
  • Slow
More Information: 

Size

4 to 8 feet high and 6 to 10 feet wide

Tree & Plant Care

Relatively low maintenance for a lilac; no special needs

Prune after flowering

Disease, pests, and problems

Flower buds emerge early in spring and can be susceptible to frost injury

Disease, pest, and problem resistance

Fairly resistant to powdery mildew

Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture

Simple leaves in pairs (opposite)

Small (3/4 to 1 1/4 inch); dark green with a wavy edge

Flower arrangement, shape, and size

Small purple flowers, densely packed in 4 inch clusters

Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions

Dry capsule, not showy

Cultivars and their differences 

Palabin (Syringa meyeri 'Palibin'):  Compact, growing only 4 to 5 feet high; pale pink flowers