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Late-Blooming Variety Ludwig Spaeth Lilac

  • Showy Flowering French Hybrid
  • Blooms a Bit Later than Other Varieties
  • Easily Extend Your Lilac Season
  • Extremely Fragrant
  • Single, Dark Purple-Red Blooms
  • Heart-Shaped Leaves
  • Useful Size for Modern Lots
  • Include in Shrub Borders
  • Create Marvelous Flowering Hedges
  • Use as "Living Walls" for Outdoor Garden Rooms
  • Valuable Nectar Source for Butterflies and Hummingbirds
  • Very Cold Hardy

Love that Lilac season! Spring is perking along, and you've pulled out your shorts and sandals. Fire up the barbeque and get your friends and family over for fun outside.

Add a late-blooming variety to squeeze a few more weeks of Lilac blooms. Ludwig Spaeth Lilac (Syringa vulgaris 'Ludwig Spaeth') keeps the good times going.

Ludwig Spaeth is a French Hybrid Lilac that was first introduced in 1883. It's a gorgeous late bloomer that has perfumed gardens for well over a hundred years.

Let these handsome, time-tested shrubs perfume your space and give your shade and a private screen. You'll love the easy-care show put on by Ludwig Spaeth Lilac.

Create a Lilac collection for non-stop spring blooms that smell amazing. With lustrous, heart-shaped foliage and an upright, multi-stemmed growth habit, Lilacs are a workhorse for your landscape.

Ludwig Spaeth really starts its show well after other Lilacs are nearly done blooming. Use Ludwig as the relay anchor, swimming the last lap to bring home the gold.

Ludwig features huge clusters of beautiful deep purple-red blooms on a deciduous shrub. No wonder this reliable variety is a highly sought-after classic.

The blooms make excellent cut flowers for indoor arrangements. Just a few will perfume your entire house.

The purple flowers also entice butterflies and beneficial pollinators to come for nectar. This is a choice to feel good about.

Manage your Lilacs, and they'll bloom from top to bottom for you. It's hard to find an easier, hardier flowering shrub.

Whether you have room for a long Lilac hedge, or must pick and choose for a small yard, Ludwig Spaeth Lilac comes through in the end.

Extend your Lilac season with this beauty. Place your order for Ludwig Spaeth Lilac today for outstanding performance and fragrant, dark purple single blooms.

How to Use Ludwig Spaeth Lilac in the Landscape

Ludwig Spaeth is a springtime stand-out at the back of a perennial border. After the dramatic purple blooms are done, the restfully attractive green leaves allow other plants to shine.

Run a hedge along the length of your fence to extend the height and boost your privacy. Create a sanctuary by spacing plants five feet apart on center, measuring from the center of one to the center of the next.

Anchor your foundation planting bed with one at the corner of your home. Extend the mulch to surround it for a very polished look that requires little care.

Ludwig grows into a marvelous screening shrub. Plant one in the lawn, and place a hammock stand and outdoor table in its shade. Go ahead and carve out a secluded spot for yourself.

Add several to a sunny glen in a woodland garden. You'll be surprised how desirable a destination an informal grouping can become once that spring fragrance starts its clarion call.

Ludwig should be added to the sunny side of established windbreaks and evergreen trees. You'll add scent, color and even motion with large blooms that catch and twirl in the wind.

Modern lots live large when they are thoughtfully turned into a series of garden rooms. Ludwig Spaeth can play the role of a "living room divider." Even one can separate an area for entertaining from a private retreat.

Plant several in a wide semi-circle to enclose a reading bench. Encourage young kids to read the classics surrounded by their stylish greenery and fantastic flowers. You'll help create memories that last a lifetime.

#ProPlantTips for Care

It will tolerate light shade, but blooms best in full sun. Give Ludwig at least six hours of direct sunlight a day for best results.

Well-drained soil is a must. If you need to improve the rate of speed that water evaporates or drains away, bring in additional dirt for a raised bed. Mound up 18 inches high by three feet wide.

Lilacs need a medium amount of water on a regular basis, especially during bloom time. While they will tolerate periodic drought as mature plants, we recommend you protect your plant with plenty of water.

Mulch over the root system to keep it cool. Mulch breaks down and will slowly improve the health of your soil over time.

Take care when applying lawn fertilizers near flowering shrubs. These high nitrogen formulas are designed to produce foliage, but will not support flower development.

Instead, apply an all-purpose fertilizer for blooming plants in early spring. Reapply in mid-summer, following label directions for application rates.

Immediately after flowers finish, get outside with your pruning loppers. Don't wait, or you'll risk missing out on next year's blooms.

Snip the past blooms, and correct for shape at this time. Remove a few of the thickest stems out at the ground level to keep your shrub young and vibrant.

Trim back stems that head into the middle of the canopy. The goal is to open up the shrub to good air circulation and more sunshine.

Don't miss this year's crop of the classic variety. Ludwig Spaeth Lilac has graced so many gardens before yours. Breathe deep and place your order with pride at your marvelous choice of blooming Lilac.

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

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 14.95
20 - 49.99 17.95
50 - 69.99 19.95
70 - 99.99 24.95
100 - 129.99 29.95
130 - 130+ Approx 25%

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Ludwig Spaeth Lilac Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-7
Growing Zones 3-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Syringa vulgaris 'Ludwig Spaeth'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 8 - 10 feet
Mature Spread 6 - 8 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Type Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Purple-Red
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
When To Prune After Flowering
Fragrant Yes