Cheyenne Korean Early Lilac

Syringa oblata 'Cheyenne'

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Cheyenne Korean Early Lilac (Syringa oblata 'Cheyenne') at Spruce It Up Garden Centre

Cheyenne Korean Early Lilac flowers

Cheyenne Korean Early Lilac flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Cheyenne Korean Early Lilac (Syringa oblata 'Cheyenne') at Spruce It Up Garden Centre

Cheyenne Korean Early Lilac in bloom

Cheyenne Korean Early Lilac in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  12 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  2

Other Names:  Syringa oblata var. dilatata


A large flowering shrub valued for its fragrant panicles of pale purple flowers in early spring, extremely attractive in bloom; upright and bushy, tough and adaptable, good for massing or as a windbreak barrier; needs full sun and well-drained soil

Ornamental Features

Cheyenne Korean Early Lilac features showy panicles of fragrant lilac purple flowers with lavender overtones rising above the foliage from early to mid spring. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has dark green foliage which emerges coppery-bronze in spring. The heart-shaped leaves turn an outstanding deep purple in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Cheyenne Korean Early Lilac is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Cheyenne Korean Early Lilac is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Windbreaks and Shelterbelts

Planting & Growing

Cheyenne Korean Early Lilac will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden  Windbreak 
Flowers  Fall Color  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features