Chinese lilac is an upright to rounded shrub with arching branches, a more finely-textured hybrid of common lilac. The highly fragrant lavender-purple flowers are long blooming and attract butterflies.
All common names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- Mixed border,
- Compact tree (10-15 feet),
- Large shrub (more than 8 feet)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
- Zone 3,
- Zone 4,
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7
- Alkaline soil,
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Occasional drought,
- Alkaline soil
Seasons of Interest:
- mid spring,
- late spring
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
8 to 12 feet high and wide, possibly 15 feet.
Upright to rounded with arching branches.
A more graceful textured plant than common lilac.
Tree & Plant Care
Best in full sun to part shade in well-drained soil. Tolerant of high pH soil.
Provide good air circulation to minimize powdery mildew infections
Flowers on old wood, prune after flowering.
Remove oldest stems to promote vigor.
Disease, pests, and problems
Powdery mildew, aphids, scale
Bark color and texture
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Opposite; simple leaves, 2 to 4 inches long and broadly elliptical with a pointed tip.
Similar in shape to other lilacs
Medium green color with no significant color change in fall.
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Large, 4 to 6 inches, loose clusters of rosy purple flowers in mid-spring
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Fruit are small, brown capsules