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Charles Joly Burgundy Lilac

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A strong, narrow, upright grower. Fragrant, burgundy double blooms really pop against bright green, heart-shaped foliage. Plant several for a lovely screen, border, or hedge row. Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. Deer-resistant. Cold-hardy. Blooms emerge mid-spring.


Bloom Color Purple
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Zone Range 3 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 3 - 8
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The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your plant matures, it will be approximately 8 - 10' tall x 6 - 8' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these plants 8 - 10' apart to ensure room for growth.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow lilacs in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Kathleen R on Apr 30, 2018
My mother asked for it
Tara D on May 31, 2016
Kathleen R on Apr 30, 2018
Butterfly garden
YVONNE F on Feb 25, 2017
My mother asked for it
Tara D on May 31, 2016
I liked the color as well as the size of the variety.
Alice K on May 16, 2016
Ordered these from Stark Bros a few years ago, and they are blooming this year for the first time. The color is magnificent and the scent heavenly. So I wanted a few more to space around the house.
Eisse on Apr 26, 2016
We love our Lilacs here in Rochester,NY
SCOTT H on Apr 11, 2016
I had one in a pot for 16 years and during the winter it died. I enjoyed it so much that
I just had to get another one!!!!
Virginia C on Mar 3, 2016
Love the color and scent of the blooms
Michelle T on Feb 28, 2016
Butterfly garden
YVONNE F on Feb 25, 2017
I liked the color as well as the size of the variety.
Alice K on May 16, 2016
My Charles Joly French lilacs has been planted for 5 years and have yet to bloom. I have added lime but to no avail. Why no blooms?
Ronilee L on Aug 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. There could be many culprits. Lilacs do not like clay soil/wet feet, nor do they like too much nitrogen. The only fertilizer you should be giving your lilacs is a little bone meal, which encourages bloom production rather than leaf production. Also, not enough sun will result in a leafy shrub with few/no blooms. The lime is likely not making a difference unless you have highly acidic soil.

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Strong, healthy, beautiful plant
My plant came well wrapped, and vibrantly alive unlike some dead sticks that I have been sent by other nurseries that I shall not mention. The lilac leafed out, quickly. Rabbits and deer ignored this shrub, while browsing all around it on other hapless plants in my yard, so it must truly be deer resistant. Now in the second year I have had stunning blooms. My neighbors compliment me all the time on how nice my back yard looks.
June 11, 2017
over 2 years ago
Did not survive our area
We live near Austin, Tx. It gets very hot here for long periods of time and not cold enough for lilacs here. We have really sticky clay that is miserable to grow anything here. All 3 lilacs did not make it. They are my favorite flower.
January 19, 2017
over 3 years ago