Common Purple Lilac
Syringa vulgaris

These are your standard, old-school lilacs that mature to at least 8’ in height and are typically as wide as they are tall. Common purple lilacs and their cultivars are excellent choices for the shrub border, as an individual specimen plant, or as a centerpiece in a large island bed. In areas with poor air flow or more shade than sun, Powdery Mildew can be a problem. However, in the right spot these shrubs shine for their fragrant blooms and dense foliage. Prune immediately after flowering for best blooms the next year.

Common Purple Lilacs Comparison Table

Cultivar Height Spread Flower Color Notes
Common Purple Lilac 8-10 feet 10-12 feet Purple Your standard purple lilac, just like grandma had.
Albert F. Holden 8-10 feet 10-12 feet Deep violet Single flowers, silvery blush on reverse side of petals gives a two-toned effect.
Beauty of Moscow 8-12 feet 6-7 feet Pink and blue, two-toned Double flowers, slightly more upright than other cultivars.
Charles Joly 8-10 feet 10-12 feet Magenta Double flowers
Ludwig Spaeth 8-10 feet 10-12 feet Dark purple Single flowers
Monge 8-10 feet 10-12 feet Rich purple Single flowers, prolific bloomer
Sensation 8-10 feet 10-12 feet Maroon with white petal edges Single flowers
Wedgewood Blue 8-10 feet 10-12 feet Light blue Single flowers, pink buds before bloom
Yankee Doodle 8-10 feet 10-12 feet Dark purple Selected in 1883, a reliable cultivar.

Lilacs Salable Sizes & Mature

Young Lilac shrubs - sizes you'll typically purchase them at.

As Lilacs mature, they begin to show their beauty.

Fully matured Lilacs are an amazing sight. Pictured: Albert F. Holden

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