President Grevy Lilac

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With this distinguished pedigree, President Grevy Lilac (Syringa vulgaris 'President Grevy') certainly earns a spot in discerning landscapes. President Grevy Lilac grows into a showy standout, with flowers held on enormous, vertical panicles of flowers. You'll be thrilled with their intoxicating true Lilac scent for weeks on end! Garden professionals know to ask for this special heirloom Lilac by name. But even newbies can keep this shrub alive with regular water and a lot of sunshine!

President Grevy Lilac is well-known the world over for its spectacular flowers. Buds begin a darker shade of blue and open into an ornamental double iced pale lavender blue. This two-toned effect brings enormous visual depth to your spring plantings. Butterflies come to call daily, working over each flower in the large bloom. You'll lose count of the flying visitors, but never lose sight of the fact that this nectar-rich choice supports your local ecology.

The foliage has a soft, elegant appearance, even when the magnificent blooms have faded. With multiple stems, this crisp, clean ornamental shrub features beautiful, heart-shaped, blue-green leaves. They grow thickly on the skyward-reaching branches.

Lilacs have been cultivated since the 1500s, and this wonderfully upright variety has graced gardens since 1886. Grow your own, and gather armloads for cut flower arrangements each year. But even newbies can keep this shrub alive with regular water and a lot of sunshine!

Planting and Application:

President Grevy has a pleasing, upright nature and grows vigorously without much care. It's tolerant of a variety of conditions, including urban environments. Plant several as a friendly privacy hedge or add one in a strategic spot to screen an unsightly view.

Don't miss out on the dazzling beauty and alluring scent of the outstanding flower power. Don't live your life without a dedicated source for fabulous Lilac blooms. You'll love this durable stunner in your landscape! Plant it in the ground, or keep it pruned up in large containers on your balcony or deck for many years.

Heighten the anticipation of a fun evening with a gracious welcome at the entrance to your entertainment area. Use these glorious blooming shrubs in a wide double row to establish a lovely allée. Can you imagine them in full bloom? Pure romance!

Punctuate your planting with benches. You and your guests will love the chance to sit and breathe in the evocative aroma. Punctuate your planting with benches. You and your guests will love the chance to sit and breathe in the evocative aroma.

Lilacs are a privacy screen with big benefits! Add a few to your cutting garden for plenty of fresh materials. Run them along your pool deck or fence line. You'll love the billowy, easy-breeze sense of privacy all season long. Add additional varieties, like the double white blooms of Madame Lemoine, for a fresh, classy look. Use a series of staggered rows to fill a wide, open area with magnificent spring blooms.

Hide your utilitarian Victory Garden or HVAC unit with a short row or grouping that birds will love you for providing shelter and nesting sites! President Grevy Lilac also entices pollinators that can help you grow the largest harvest ever. 

Screen off an area of your yard for a private reading or coffee nook and create yourself a peaceful area that blocks out the hectic world. Create a solid screen by planting them six feet apart. Vary the spacing to ten feet apart for a loose, natural look. You'll measure from the center of one to the center of the next.

  • Huge Bloom Panicles Held Upright
  • Double Blue-Lavender Blooms Perfume Your Yard
  • Fragrant Flowers Last for Nearly a Month
  • Beloved by Butterflies and Beneficial Pollinators
  • Pretty, Heart-Shaped Leaves Densely Cover Multi-Stemmed Shrub
  • Exquisite, Cool-Toned Cut Flower Arrangements
  • Relaxing, Informal Hedge, Charming Privacy Fence
  • Classic French Hybrid Lilac Introduced in 1886

#ProPlantTips for Care:

With only limited care requirements, you will easily grow these low-maintenance shrubs! Select a planting site in full sun, where it receives at least six hours of direct sunlight. It will tolerate light shade, but the flowering is best in full sun. Well-drained soil is a must, too. If you see puddles long after a rainfall, simply elevate your plants in a mound of additional soil 18 inches high by three feet wide. Give young plants a regular schedule of medium water. Once their roots are established in your soil, you can go longer between waterings.

Mulch helps your plants stay cool and moist. Apply to a depth of three inches, then pull it away six inches from the stems. Apply supplemental water during times of extended drought. 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:

Right after the flowers are done, it's time to prune. Don't delay, as Lilacs will produce next year's flowers on the new growth from this year. President Grevy can handle heavy pruning. Snip the past flowers, 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 plants have been growing for about 10 years, you'll want to start a regular schedule of renewal pruning and removal of suckers (when needed). After the blooms are fading, 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.

Renewal pruning is great for your Lilac shrub. Removing the oldest growth lets the new branches take their turn. 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.

  • Full Sun
  • Moderate Consistent Moisture
  • Loves Mulched Beds & Well-Drained Enriched Soil
  • Prune Immediately After Flowering Only
  • Easy Care, Cold Hardy & Versatile
  • Disease & Deer Resistant
  • Long-Lived, Extremely Easy to Grow & Useful and Versatile

President Grevy Lilac gives you so much more in return. Use it to decorate your outdoor spaces. It will just get better and better year after year. Order President Grevy Lilac for your yard this season. The Nature Hills Nursery team takes great pride in our high-quality Lilacs! Place your order for President Grevy Lilac today! Enjoy! 

Frequently Asked Questions

How big do President Grevy Lilacs get?

A President Grevy Lilac bush can obtain a mature height of around 8 - 12 feet and a mature width of 8 - 10 feet. You can easily prune them to any size or shape you need with annual trimming.

How fast do President Grevy Lilacs grow?

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

Is President Grevy Lilac a tree or a bush?

President Grevy 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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4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
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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
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Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
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Size Volume
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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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President Grevy Lilac Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-7
Growing Zones 3-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Syringa vulgaris 'President Grevy'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 8 - 12 feet
Mature Spread 8 - 10 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Moderate & Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Blue-Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes