Wolf's Lilac

Syringa wolfii

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Wolf's Lilac (Syringa wolfii) at Spruce It Up Garden Centre

Wolf's Lilac flowers

Wolf's Lilac flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Wolf's Lilac (Syringa wolfii) at Spruce It Up Garden Centre

Wolf's Lilac in bloom

Wolf's Lilac in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  10 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  2

Other Names:  Manchurian Lilac


A large multi-stemmed shrub prized for its fragrant, arching panicles of mauve-lilac flowers in spring, massed in loose, pyramidal heads; upright and bushy, good towards the back of the shrub border; needs full sun and well-drained soil

Ornamental Features

Wolf's Lilac features showy panicles of fragrant lilac purple flowers rising above the foliage in late spring. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The large pointy leaves do not develop any appreciable fall colour. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Wolf's 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.

Wolf's Lilac is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Wolf's 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 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 species is not originally from North America.

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