TREES & plants

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): 
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: 
  • Slow
Light Exposure: 
  • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
  • Partial sun (4-6 hrs light daily)
  • Occasional drought
Soil Preference: 
  • Moist, well-drained soil
Flower Color & Fragrance: 
  • Fragrant
  • Purple
Size Range: 
  • Medium shrub (5-8 feet)
Shape or Form: 
  • Mounded
  • Round
Landscape Uses: 
  • Specimen
  • Massing
  • Hedge
  • Foundation
  • Mixed border
  • Screen
Time of Year: 
  • Mid spring
More Information: 


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