Olivier De Serres Lilac
Syringa vulgaris 'Olivier De Serres'
Olivier De Serres Lilac flowers
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Height: 12 feet
Spread: 12 feet
Hardiness Zone: 3
Other Names: Common Lilac
Group/Class: French Hybrid Lilac
A breathtaking spring blooming shrub featuring fragrant violet-blue double blooms from rose-pink buds; upright, compact habit; ideal as a low screen; full sun and well-drained soil, allow room for air movement
Olivier De Serres Lilac features showy panicles of fragrant violet flowers with silvery blue overtones rising above the foliage from mid to late spring, which emerge from distinctive rose flower buds. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has green foliage throughout the season. The heart-shaped leaves do not develop any appreciable fall colour. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Olivier De Serres 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;
Olivier De Serres Lilac is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Olivier De Serres Lilac will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 2 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.