Marie Francis Lilac

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Clear baby pink blooms, the Marie Francis Lilac (Syringa vulgaris 'Marie Frances') is a real treat because it produces gorgeous fragrant flowers that make this Lilac variety a truly special standout among all the usual lavenders and blues so common among the Lilac family! Marie Francis is very unusual indeed!

The lovely flowers emerge from distinctive, rich pink buds in spring on a compact form. It has bluish-green foliage throughout the season and is a very hardy plant that tends to sucker. The heart-shaped leaves that fill out the rounded shrub all growing season long!

It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, and is an attractive plant for shrub borders, a garden accent plant, or planted in mass for a flowering hedge or wind screen, excellent for cutting too! Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 3 through 8, Marie Francis tolerates hotter climates better than most Lilac shrubs.

Planting and Application:

Marie Francis is a lovely choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, and you’ll be enchanted to even see a hummingbird or two! This is an attractive plant for shrub borders and smaller hedges for craving garden nooks and privacy. Not just pollinators and birds, this lovely fragrant bloomer is excellent for cutting too!

The easily managed suckers create colonies of these luscious blooms and foliage that become wonderful shelterbelts for wildlife. Remove them with occasional mowing or let them colonize an area for wind and noise cancellation, creating habitat in out-of-the-way sunny areas, or stopping erosion atop a hard-to-mow hillside that also slows water runoff!

The unusual hue of the blooms makes Marie Francis a wondrous garden accent plant that is sure to stand out when everything else is blue or purple! Amplify that unusual hue by creating groupings, planted in screening rows or planted in mass for a flowering wind screen and bird-friendly shelterbelt that benefits all!

Add a few to your cottage border, behind a perennial garden, and are must-haves to include in the cutting garden for plenty of fresh cuts for bouquets. Don't miss out on the dazzling beauty and alluring scent of the outstanding garden accents. Don't go another spring without a prolific source of fabulous Primrose Lilac blooms!

  • Unusual Clear Baby Pink Blooms
  • Fragrant Big Blooms
  • Lovely Heart-Shaped Foliage
  • Rounded Form & More Heat Tolerant
  • Hedges, Screens, Specimens & Wildlife!

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Marie Francis Lilacs bloom best in full sun and are easily grown in average, medium moist, well-drained soil. Provide moderate moisture consistently all growing season and these shrubs are adaptable to occasional drought when fully established. Mulch helps your plants stay cool and moist, so apply 3-4 inches of arborist bark chips spread out over the roots, but pulled away a few inches from the stems.

Lilacs are disease and deer-resistant so you'll be saved the time and trouble of dealing with costly measures to keep it safe from harm. 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.

Air circulation is important for Lilacs, so find a breezy place for them to perform at their best. It's best to avoid low spots or heavily enclosed locations that trap airflow. Fertilize in early spring and again in mid-summer with Dr. Earth Organic and All Purpose Fertilizer, following directions on the package.

Don't miss a single bloom! Follow these easy Pruning steps for the best flowering:

Prune right after the flowers are done, and don't delay, as Lilacs produce next year's flowers on this year's growth. Deadhead, then remove inward-heading branches and the thickest stems out at ground level. The goal is to let the interior of the shrub have plenty of sunlight and air circulation.

Once your Lilac shrubs are 10 years old, you'll want to start a regular schedule of renewal pruning, and removal of suckers (when needed). After the blooms have faded, cut a few of the oldest, thickest branches right down to the ground each year. The younger, thinner branches remain and keep your plant vigorous and healthy. The youngest branches will produce the best bloom for you the following spring. Prune to keep an open interior to reduce the chances of powdery mildew.

  • Thrives in Full Sun
  • Adaptable in Enriched Well-Drained Soil
  • Moderate Regular Moisture & Mulched Beds
  • Prune After Flowering Only
  • Very Cold Hardy

You'll want one of these stunning and unusually hued Lilacs in your garden! They're also fantastic as gift items for a new baby, a new beginning, or to cheer up someone down in the dumps! Whether it is to impress the neighbors or to attract pollinators, the Marie Francis Lilac is the perfect Lilac for all. Order one from today!

Frequently Asked Questions

How big do Marie Francis Lilacs get?

A Marie Francis Lilac bush can obtain a mature height of 6-8 feet and a spread of about 7 feet. You can easily prune them to any size or shape you need with annual trimming.

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. They are typically sold with their lower limbs intact and have multi-stemmed/multi-trunked growth naturally.

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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Marie Francis Lilac Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-8
Growing Zones 3-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Syringa vulgaris 'Marie Frances'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 6 - 8 feet
Mature Spread 7 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Pink
Foliage Color Bluish Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes