Yankee Doodle Lilac

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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 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.

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. 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.

A priest and educator, Father John was an early participant in the International Lilac Society, where he developed over 50 named cultivars and brought them to market. Every landscape in Zones 2- 8 should have at least one Lilac. Choose the Yankee Doodle for its rich fragrance and color. Yankee Doodle will attract songbirds, butterflies and hummingbirds to further enhance this shrub's beauty. However, it will not attract deer or Japanese Beetles.

Planting and Application:

The fragrance will be absolutely heavenly! 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? By a seating area or entertainment areas? What a delightful way to greet your guests! Better yet, what better way to help you and your family relax and find peace in your own outdoor garden rooms?

Yankee Doodle will be beautiful as an accent, or foundation plant, and adds beauty around patios or walks where its fragrance can truly be enjoyed while providing privacy and screening. You might use a row of them to create a beautiful, hardworking windbreak or informal hedge. Place them at the back of a shrub border to deliver a wonderful backdrop to smaller shrubs. Win-win!

Because this variety is so cold-hardy, people work them into shelter belts and windbreaks. Those of you in cold areas might want to use them for snow fencing. Birds enjoy sheltering and nesting in the dense branching and pollinators will flock to the fragrant flowers. When you snip a few for your vases indoors, be sure to leave enough for your bees and butterflies…or just plant a couple of extras so everyone has plenty to share! Any garden becomes a pollinator and cut flower garden with the addition of a Lilac!

With pruning and training, you’ll even enjoy a lovely container shrub for smaller spaces and perfuming sun-drenched porches, terraces and balconies!

  • Stunning Variety With Dark Purple Blooms
  • Highly Fragrant & Pollinator Magnet
  • Blue-Green Heart-Shaped Foliage
  • Upright Smaller Sized Lilac Shrub
  • Great Flowering Privacy Screen, Specimen & Scented Accent

#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? You'll get the very best flower display in full sun. Although it will tolerate some light shade, please consider planting it in bright sunshine as it really does prefer 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.

Plant Lilacs in moderately moist well-drained soil and enriched locations with ample air circulation. Fertilize in early spring and again in mid-summer with Dr. Earth Organic and All Purpose Fertilizer, following directions on the package.

Avoid pruning the plant at any time except immediately after the flowers fade, to prevent removing next year's flowers. Don't miss a single bloom! Follow these easy Pruning steps for the best flowering.

  • Full Sun & Some Partial Shade
  • Easy to Grow & Low Maintenance
  • Adaptable to Many Soil Types
  • Moderate Moisture & Mulched Beds
  • Prune After Flowering

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!

Frequently Asked Questions

How big do Yankee Doodle Lilacs get?

A Yankee Doodle Lilac bush can obtain a mature height of around 8 - 10 feet and a mature width of 5 - 6 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.

Is Lilac 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!

What shipping options do you offer?

NatureHills.com works closely with our growers and nursery professionals to ensure we ship when it is most appropriate for your area. Our goal is to deliver the hardiest plants by avoiding extreme high and low temperatures. Check out our shipping schedule for more information and to learn our wills and won'ts when it comes to shipping plants. Find your Yankee Doodle Lilac Bushes for sale here at NatureHills.com!

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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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'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 8 - 10 feet
Mature Spread 5 - 6 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Blue-Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering