Nokomis Lilac

Syringa x hyacinthiflora 'Nokomis'

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Nokomis Lilac (Syringa x hyacinthiflora 'Nokomis') at Spruce It Up Garden Centre

Nokomis Lilac flowers

Nokomis Lilac flowers

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Nokomis Lilac (Syringa x hyacinthiflora 'Nokomis') at Spruce It Up Garden Centre

Nokomis Lilac in bloom

Nokomis Lilac in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  10 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  2

Other Names:  Hyacinth-Flowered Lilac

Group/Class:  Early Flowering Lilac


An exceptional spring bloomer with overwhelmingly fragrant lavender flowers from pink buds; upward spreading, multi-stemmed habit, very hardy, limited suckering, good for borders or screening; needs full sun and well-drained soil.

Ornamental Features

Nokomis Lilac features showy panicles of fragrant lavender flowers rising above the foliage in early spring, which emerge from distinctive hot pink 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.

Landscape Attributes

Nokomis 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 shrub will require occasional maintenance 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. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Nokomis Lilac is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Nokomis 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 1 foot 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 particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

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