Cutleaf Lilac

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Live in the heat of the South, where most Lilacs gasp for breath and refuse to bloom? This is your Lilac! This is a wonderful shrub that delivers a lot of impact but has a delicate, airy look. If you need a little privacy, but don't want to feel hemmed or boxed in, this is a great choice. The Cutleaf Lilac (Syringa x laciniate) has a wonderfully modern look with its sophisticated foliage and soft, lavender flowers that perfume your landscape.

If you want to enjoy a delicious fragrance for weeks in the spring, take a close look at this shrub! Your pollinators will be just as grateful to you for including these unique blooming shrubs in your garden! While most Lilacs have heart-shaped leaves, the Cutleaf Lilac instead has deeply lobed, lacy and fine-textured foliage!

The lovely green foliage is the perfect foil for the tall flowering spikes of pinkish-lavender star-shaped flowers that open from the bottom to the slender tapering tips! Giving you elegant and long-lasting blooms for weeks! Best of all - You'll not miss a moment of that classic Lilac scent!

Lilacs are very easy-care, and Cutleaf is both cold and heat-tolerant, handling USDA growing zone 4 winters and has lower chill hours and blooms in USDA hardiness zones 8! You'll fall deeply in love with this beautiful plant. But don't be surprised if the neighbors ask you all about it. We're sure they'll want one, too!

Planting and Application:

The unique foliage and flower shape of these Lilacs just beg to be used as a specimen hedge, a backdrop to highlight your Rose garden or as a solo focal point that makes heads turn!

Use several as an informal hedge or add to your mixed shrub border that will look like nothing else around. Use this in the front yard as a soft, mounded foundation planting near the corner of your house to soften corners, anchor foundation plantings, and add lovely color and texture to your curb appeal. It's an easy way to effortlessly elevates the look of your house!

Plant one as a special accent near your patio - your guests will thank you as they're enchanted by the fragrance and the butterfly show! You'll be able to cut armloads of sweet-smelling boughs to share with family and friends as a thoughtful May Day gift.

These 6-8 foot tall and wide ornamental flowering shrubs are prime bird habitat and nesting, so create lovely groupings that serve triple duty as screening, shelter, and bird motel! The unique foliage and fine-texture work with all garden styles and the size works with all-sized landscapes!

  • Tall Tapering Spires of Pinkish-Lavender Blooms
  • Unique Cut-Leaf Foliage
  • Classic Lilac Fragrance!
  • Fine Texture & Unique Form
  • Pollinator & Bird Friendly
  • Hedges & Screening, Accents & Specimen Flowering Shrubs

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Lilacs are synonymous with easy-care and cold resistance and Cutleaf Lilac has it all! It also loves the full sun! Not particular on soil type, any rich well-drained soil is best, preferring slightly alkaline soils. Amend with compost and add organic, slow-release blooming shrub fertilizer in spring. Be sure Lilac does not sit in water, nor dry out for too long to protect your investment.

A generous layer of mulch helps retain soil moisture as well as insulate the root system from heat and chill. Water well through the crucial establishment period and during extended drought. Be sure to not cluster Lilac too tightly among other large trees or shrubs. While Cutleaf Lilac does exhibit better resistance to powdery mildew, good air circulation is a must! Cutleaf Lilac also has higher deer, pest, and disease resistance.

If you live with deer in your area, apply repellent spray on planting day. Deer are hungry and curious, and you want to train them to leave your plants alone. Reapply according to the label.

Don't miss a single bloom! Follow these easy Pruning steps for the best flowering. It is important not to prune Lilacs until after they have finished blooming, because if you wait too long and you may remove next year's flowers! Every few years, Lilac benefits from a renewal pruning too.

  • Shines in Full Sun
  • Well-Drained Enriched Soil
  • Moderate Moisture & Mulched Beds
  • Long-Lived & Low Maintenance
  • Rarely Bothered by Deer & Rabbits
  • Great Cold Hardiness & Heat Tolerance
  • Blooms in Zone 8!

This is a rare plant, so place your order today. Please don't miss out on owning your own unique Cutleaf Lilac today! Order from and we'll ship your plant at the proper planting time for your growing zone!

Frequently Asked Questions

How big do Cutleaf Lilacs get?

The Cutleaf Lilac can obtain a mature height of 6-8 feet and have a similar spread.

How fast do Lilacs grow?

Lilacs have a medium growth rate and one might see 1 - 2 feet of new growth per year in optimal growing conditions.

Are Lilacs a tree or a bush?

Lilacs are shrub-form plants that can be pruned into small tree-form specimens if desired.

Which is the most fragrant Lilac?

Lilac's iconic scent lasts for a week or more after they've opened and some of the most fragrant (arguably) are the Beauty of Moscow, President Grevy, the yellow Primrose and the Sensation Lilac!

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Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

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Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 18.99
20 - 49.99 21.99
50 - 69.99 24.99
70 - 99.99 29.99
100 - 129.99 34.99
130 - 149.99 41.99
150 - 150+ Approx 27%

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Cutleaf Lilac Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Syringa x laciniata
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 6 - 8 feet
Mature Spread 6 - 8 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained Soils
Moisture Moderate Moisture
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Pinkish-Purple
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes