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Night Lilac

Syringa vulgaris 'Night'

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Night Lilac (Syringa vulgaris 'Night') at Spruce It Up Garden Centre

Night Lilac flowers

Night Lilac flowers

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Height:  10 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  3

Other Names:  Common Lilac

Group/Class:  French Hybrid Lilac

Description:

A beautiful lilac with flowers of purple-pink that emerge from deep violet buds; upright, multi-stemmed habit, very hardy, tends to sucker, ideal for screening; full sun and well-drained soil, allow room for air movement

Ornamental Features

Night Lilac features showy panicles of fragrant purple flowers with hot pink overtones rising above the foliage in mid spring, which emerge from distinctive violet flower buds. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has green foliage which emerges burgundy in spring. The heart-shaped leaves do not develop any appreciable fall colour. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The smooth gray bark and brick red branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Night 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 high maintenance shrub that will require regular care and upkeep, 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, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering
  • Invasive
  • Insects

Night Lilac is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Night Lilac will grow to be about 10 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
Characteristics
Massing  Screening  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Bark  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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