Common White Lilac

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The Common White Lilac (Syringa vulgaris var. alba) is an ornamental shrub with stunning flowers of intoxicatingly fragrant flowers. You could use several as a dazzling effect as a hedge, or even plant just one as an individual accent near your patio where you can enjoy its spring show. Common White Lilac is well-known and loved by gardeners all over the world for its beauty and fragrance.

Its pristine white flowers bloom on long, showy upright panicles in the mid-spring bloom time. The dark blue-green, heart-shaped leaves provide an elegant complement to the clustered blossoms. As if the dazzling spring display weren't enough, your Common White Lilac will astound you with its fragrance. It's one of the most powerful fragrances emitted by a plant. Its most-beloved features!

Incredibly cold tolerant from USDA hardiness zones 2 - 7, the Common White Lilac can reach a mature height of 12-15 feet and a width of 8-12 when left informal. Pruning can create small tree-form specimens or maintain these as small shrubs as needed.

Planting and Application:

Use these lovely deciduous shrubs as an informal hedge and privacy, so utilize Lilac bushes as shelterbelts and screening. Create lovely naturalized accents and pinpoint privacy by grouping these or other flowering shrubs in 3s and 5s. The lovely scent should be planted near seating areas and windows so you can enjoy the fragrance as it wafts on the breeze!

Although it has been recreated for perfumes and candles, nothing can compare to the scent of fresh Lilac in your yard and home. Use White Lilac flowers as cut blooms, or leave on the plant to decorate your yard! The Lilac flower fragrance is captivating! You'll adore the best-known scent of spring for weeks! Let sucker for naturalized clumps or keep them tidy with annual pruning after flowering.

  • Gorgeous Pure White Panicles
  • Intense True Lilac Fragrance
  • Heart-Shaped Soft Blue-Green Leaves
  • Large Shrub or Pruned to Small Tree
  • Privacy, Screening, Cut Flowers & Pollinators

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Common White Lilac is a very hardy shrub, especially for North American gardens as it can withstand severely cold winters. In fact, Common White Lilac actually does best in areas with significant frost in wintertime. It's also quite tolerant of soil conditions and will even do well in urban environments.

  • Full Sun
  • Moderately Moist Well-Drained Soil
  • Prune After Flowering Only
  • Mulch 3-4 Inches Deep
  • Deer Resistant

Consider pairing one with the purple flowers of Common Purple Lilac for outstanding color contrast. Either way, you won't want to miss the allure of a Lilac for your landscape. Order at today!

Frequently Asked Questions

How fast does a Common White Lilac grow?

In optimal conditions, White Lilac grows about a foot a year and is considered a medium growth rate plant.

How do you prune Lilac Bushes?

Be sure to only shear or prune your white Lilac bush after flowering to avoid removing next springs blossoms. You can clean suckers and old wood out at any time. Prune into a white Lilac tree into a tree form if desired.

How big do White Lilac bushes get?

Common White Lilacs get a bit larger than Common Purple Lilacs, but only a little. Reaching a mature height of 12-15 feet and a width of 8-12 in optimal conditions.

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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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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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Common White Lilac Is Suited to Grow in Zones 2-7
Growing Zones 2-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Syringa vulgaris var. alba
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 12 - 15 feet
Mature Spread 8 - 12 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Blue-Green
Foliage Blue-Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering