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Bloomerang™ lilac

Leaves of the Bloomerang lilac.

The Bloomerang™ series lilacs are known for their highly fragrant, reblooming flowers, compact habit and smaller leaves. Excellent for smaller gardens.

Botanical name:

Syringa 'Penda'

All common names:

Bloomerang lilac, Bloomerang Purple

Family (English):


Family (Botanic):


Tree or Plant Type:

  • Shrub

Native Locale:

  • Non-native

Landscape Uses:

  • Foundation,
  • Hedge,
  • Massing,
  • Mixed border,
  • Patio/sidewalk,
  • Specimen

Size Range:

  • Medium shrub (5-8 feet),
  • Small shrub (3-5 feet)

Light Exposure:

  • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
  • Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)

Hardiness Zones:

  • Zone 2,
  • Zone 3,
  • Zone 4,
  • Zone 5 (Chicago),
  • Zone 6

Soil Preference:

  • Alkaline soil,
  • Moist, well-drained soil


  • Alkaline soil,
  • Clay soil

Seasons of Interest:

  • mid spring,
  • late spring,
  • early summer,
  • midsummer

Flower Color & Fragrance:

  • Fragrant,
  • Purple

Shape or Form:

  • Mounded,
  • Multi-stemmed,
  • Round

Growth Rate:

  • Moderate

More Information:

Size & Form

Compact, rounded habit reaching 4 to 5 feet high and 5 to 6 feet wide.

Tree & Plant Care

Best in full sun and well-drained soil. Will tolerate part shade but will have less flower potential.
Prefers organically rich, moist, alkaline soil.
Water in dry periods. Plants benefit with a light mulch layer to conserve moisture and moderate soil temperature fluctuation.
Needs good air circulation to prevent disease.
Light pruning to remove spent flowers in spring will initiate reblooming in mid-summer to fall, howeve,r pruning is not required. Plants are usually maintenance free.

Disease, pests, and problems

None serious

Disease, pest, and problem resistance

Deer resistant, more resistant to mildew and leaf spots

Native geographic location and habitat

Of hybrid origin, (Syringa 'Penda') 

Attracts birds, pollinators, or wildlife

Fragrant flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds

Bark color and texture 

Light gray stems with white lenticels

Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture

Opposite, elliptical to ovate green leaves
Yellow-orange to no fall color

Flower arrangement, shape, and size

Terminal clusters of highly fragrant, 4 to 6 inch lilac-purple flowers.
One of the more consistent rebloomers in the nursery trade.
Inital bloom is heavy in May, goes through a rest period and reblooms in July through first frost.
Reblooming slows down in hot summer temperatures.

Cultivars and their differences 

Dark Purple Bloomerang™ lilac (Syringa x 'SMSJBP7'): Rounded; 4 to 6 feet high and 5 to 6 feet wide; long blooming, dark purple flowers

Dwarf Pink Bloomerand™ lilac (Syringa x 'SMNJRPI'): An improved version of Bloomerang™ 'Pink Perfume' with darker pink flowers and disease resistance.  Rounded, 2.5 to 3 feet high.


Location of Syringa 'Penda' (Bloomerang™ lilac) at the Arboretum