Chinese Lilac

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Mid-sized and mid-season charmer! The Chinese Lilac (Syringa chinensis) features dreamy clusters of showy lilac-pink blooms that are oh-so fragrant! You'll extend your Lilac enjoyment by planting Chinese Lilac with early and late blooming varieties and be able to enjoy these blooms until summer! Use the 4-5 inch long panicles of pale purple flowers to fill your vases and carry that luxurious scent indoors! Plus these profuse bloomers draw pollinators and hummingbirds galore!

Highlighted by the medium to dark-green foliage, Chinese Lilac features a polished, rounded shape and multi-stemmed form, with arching branches all growing season long! Loose and informal, these are great screens and bird-friendly shrubs, growing between 6 to 12 feet in height and width. Their more open canopy adds motion to the landscape in addition to those gorgeous blooms!

Gorgeous flowering deciduous shrubs like these Lilacs are cold-hardy and very adaptable additions to beautify the landscape! So versatile and multi-purpose, any fire-wise landscaping, xeric area prone to droughts, or anywhere in need of some spring color and fragrance needs one of these classic garden shrubs!

Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 3 through 7 and deer resistant, pest and disease resistant plus so easy to care for, no landscape seems complete without one of these versatile and well-known shrubs!

Planting and Application:

Traditional hedge and specimen plants, Lilac fragrance and early spring beauty fill the garden with their delightful presence everywhere! Create living fences and privacy screens that your neighbors won't mind being hidden behind! Highlight your property's perimeter or divide your front from the back yard with a living wall. Create lavish 'Outdoor Rooms' that whisk the world away and allow you to relax in tranquility.

Add these soothing plants around your terraces and patio retreats to unwind the nerves and quiet the mind with sound, texture, color, scent, motion and privacy! Cottage garden anchors, or accenting your foundation plantings, Chinese Lilac will have a substantial hefty, compact form that doesn't become leggy or sparse. The twiggy and shrubby growth makes Lilacs fantastic windbreaks and shelterbelts!

Long after the spring blooms are spent, the lush green is a fitting backdrop for your summer blooming Perennials and Rose beds. Pollinator gardens are grateful for the addition of these nectar-rich resources for your hummingbirds, bees and butterflies!

Intersperse among your mixed-shrub borders or create your own Lilac garden! Blooming in May, plant with other earlier and later blooming varieties for an extended spring and early summer of delicious Lilac scents! Try an early blooming Evangeline or dark blooming Declaration Lilac to start the show, then continue things with a Charles Joly or Ludwig Spathe Lilac, while filling in the gaps with reblooming Lilacs like Josee!

Don't forget to bring those gorgeous blooms indoors too! Long-lasting sweetness fills your vases and bouquets so you can enjoy Chinese Lilac indoors and out!

  • Large Clusters of Lilac-Pink Blooms
  • Mid-Season Blooms
  • Sweet Traditional Lilac Fragrance
  • Soft Medium - Deep Green Foliage & Heart-Shaped Leaves
  • Shrubby Compact & Mid-Sized
  • Attracts Butterflies & Hummingbirds
  • Privacy, Hedge & Windbreak, Firescaping & Xeriscaping

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Lilacs are synonymous with easy-care and cold resistance and Chinese Lilac does love the full sun! These can tolerate some shade but you'll be sacrificing the number and size of your blooms. 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, however, Chinese Lilac is a lower water usage shrub, making it perfect for Fire-wise landscaping and Xeriscaping!

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 Chinese Lilac does exhibit better resistance to powdery mildew, good air circulation is a must! Chinese 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 & Easy Care

Versatile and adaptable, it's no wonder why Lilacs have been in gardens for centuries! Lush greenery, fragrant rosy-lilac flowers and fantastic hardiness, the Chinese Lilac is a great addition to your landscape design, so call Nature Hills to order yours today!

Frequently Asked Questions

How big do Chinese Lilacs get?

The Chinese Lilac can obtain a tiny mature height of 6-12 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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Buying Options for Plants

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.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

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
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 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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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Chinese Lilac Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-7
Growing Zones 3-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Syringa chinensis
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 6 - 12 feet
Mature Spread 6 - 12 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Adaptable
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Light Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes