Yankee Doodle Lilac

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Deep Purple Yankee Doodle Lilac is an American Dandy

  • Dark Purple Blooms
  • Highly Fragrant
  • Low Maintenance
  • Stunning Variety
  • Great Flowering Privacy Screen

The smell of Lilacs in spring is absolutely enchanting, and Nature Hills offers many delicious varieties. For the deepest, darkest fragrant purple panicles, you'll want to add this Yankee Doodle Lilac (Syringa vulgaris 'Yankee Doodle') to your cart.

This vigorous, upright grower features large clusters of the richest, darkest purple flowers. Everyone wants the Yankee Doodle, not only because of the fragrant spring bloom - but also because of the deep, deliciously dark color. This is a very desirable Lilac, and we have a hard time keeping it in stock.

Yankee Doodle is a fragrant variety that's truly an American treasure! One of Father John L. Fiala's many beloved cultivars, Yankee Doodle was developed for its color, performance and scent. A priest and educator, Father John was an early participant in the International Lilac Society. He developed over 50 named cultivars and brought them to market.

Yankee Doodle is one of the darkest purple Lilacs available. The large panicles of fragrant, single, deep rich purple flower clusters are held aloft above the leaves. That shade of purple is the perfect foil against the richly blue green, heart shaped leaves.

This shrub is a profuse bloomer with an upright and spreading growth habit. This pretty shrub will attract songbirds, butterflies and hummingbirds with its beautifully showy blooms.

Every landscape in Zones 2- 8 should have at least one Lilac. Choose the Yankee Doodle for its rich fragrance and color.

If you see this in stock, please be sure to order today!

How to Use Yankee Doodle Lilac in the Landscape

The easiest rule of thumb when using Lilacs is to place them where you see and smell them. How about using one as an anchor plant at the corner of the house? What a delightful way to greet your guests.

You might use a row of them to create a beautiful, hardworking privacy screen or informal hedge. Win-win, you'll screen off unsightly views and gain a beautiful sense of definition along your property.

Try a row of them along your fence line, or to shield your patio from neighbors. Place them in back of the shrub border to deliver a wonderful backdrop to smaller shrubs. The fragrance will be absolutely heavenly!

Because this variety is so cold hardy, people work them into shelter belts and wind breaks. Those of you in cold areas might want to use them for snow fencing.

Its size and shape make it a perfect choice as a windbreak or privacy hedge. It would be beautiful as a foundation plant and around patios or walks where its fragrance can truly be enjoyed.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Yankee Doodle Lilac is hardy and easy to care for. All Lilacs only ask really for two things - full sun, and slightly alkaline, well drained soils. What could be easier to grow?

Although it will tolerate some light shade, please consider planting it in bright sunshine as it really does prefer full sun. You'll get the very best flower display in full sun. Once the sunlight is limited, you will see reduced flowers - so plant them where it is sunny and enjoy those deep, rich, fragrant blooms.

Yankee Doodle will attract songbirds, butterflies and hummingbirds to further enhance this shrubs beauty. However, it will not attract deer or Japanese Beetles.

We're grateful for Father John's wisdom and persistence in developing the Yankee Doodle Lilac. Like so many others, you'll just love this magnificent selection.

Order today and enjoy it! It will be shipped at the proper planting time for your area. We box it up carefully to ensure you are delighted with your new Yankee Doodle 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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Yankee Doodle Lilac Is Suited to Grow in Zones 2-8
Growing Zones 2-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Syringa vulgaris 'Yankee Doodle'
Mature Height 8 - 10 feet
Mature Spread 5 - 6 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Deep Purple
Foliage Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes