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Purple Lilac


   There are many different colors to the blooms of lilac plants. They can range from white to yellow, and pink to purple. Many of the colors will also change as the summer progresses. One of the most commonly requested colors of lilac blooms is the purple lilac. These bunches purple blooms on the end of long stems give a lovely color to any garden from springtime through summer.

   One of the most popular purple lilacs is the Syringa vulgaris, or common purple lilac. This purple lilac is hardy to zones three through seven. It prefers full sunlight, just as all lilac plants do. The common purple lilac will grow to a mature height of eight to ten feet, with an equal mature spread. The upright form of this purple lilac makes it a wonderful candidate for a privacy screen. The fragrance emitted by this purple lilac is one of the most powerful scents from any flower. It works well as a hedge or accent plant.

   Another highly requested purple lilac is the Persian lilac. This purple lilac is hardy to zones three through seven as well, and has wonderful lavender blooms. Growing shorter than the common purple lilac, the Persian will reach a height of only about four to eight feet. The shorter height makes this purple lilac a great choice for a border or foundation planting. The arching branches of this purple lilac make it look very graceful, even once the foliage has fallen off in the winter.

   A third popular purple lilac is the Chinese lilac. This purple lilac has lavender blooms that sometimes acquire a slightly pink hue. Also hardy in zones three through seven, this purple lilac has an upright, rounded form. They will reach a height of six to twelve feet with an equal mature spread. Used as a single specimen, this purple lilac produces an excellent floral display in early May.

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