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Fragrant Purple Lilac

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A customer favorite for generations. This classic shrub bursts into bloom with branches covered by fragrant, purple spires. These lilacs will bring a lovely scent to your yard and can be used to make beautiful bouquets. Plant multiples to create an attractive hedge. Extremely hardy and thrives in all types of soil. Grows most successfully in full sun. Cold-hardy. Matures to be 6-10' tall and 5-6' wide. Blooms in late spring. Sold in packages of 10. Shipped 1-2 feet.


Bloom Color Purple
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Zone Range 4 - 7

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 7
My Hardiness Zone ?
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 6 - 10' tall x 5 - 6' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these plants 5 - 6' 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.

Shipping Information

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Why did you choose this?
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Penny W on May 6, 2018
For me, there is no other fragrance in the world that can rival that of the lilac. It's intoxicating lol!
TIM C on Apr 23, 2018
Penny W on May 6, 2018
I love lilacs
Kathy B on Apr 30, 2018
For me, there is no other fragrance in the world that can rival that of the lilac. It's intoxicating lol!
TIM C on Apr 23, 2018
Had it before our move from Northern VA... it is absolutely gorgeous and smells sooo good from end of March until ...:)
PETER T on Apr 3, 2018
For great smell and try to keep mosquitoes away.
Roslyn J on Apr 22, 2017
Love the fragrance. I do not like the fancy new varieties, It was hard to find the original lilac - nothing else smells quite as sweet.
Helen G on Apr 17, 2017
You can never go wrong with a classic
Jenny D on Mar 24, 2017
I chose this to attract pollinators & to bring sweet smelling breezes. These are also serving as a hedge boarder to keep neighbors off the lawn. Haha ????????
Cuba R on Mar 12, 2017
Chose these last year and they are doing great!!!
Sandra J on Mar 8, 2017
for the fragrance, and to create a hedge along highway frontage.
dave b on Apr 27, 2016
I many years ago in Brooklyn NY had the most magnificent Lilac Bush. I now live in NJ and wish to have the same
Diana P on Apr 26, 2016
Mother's Day gift
Howard C on Apr 24, 2016
I chose this for a hedge.
Toni R on Apr 20, 2016
The breeze blows in from one end of my house and I would love for the air to be filled with the scent of lilac, another fond memory of growing up.
Jennifer G on Apr 5, 2016
Love smell
Joanna R on Mar 2, 2016
I love lilacs
Kathy B on Apr 30, 2018
Had it before our move from Northern VA... it is absolutely gorgeous and smells sooo good from end of March until ...:)
PETER T on Apr 3, 2018
Are the "fragrant" ones by chance Persian Lilacs?
Kierstin S on Feb 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The Fragrant Purple lilac is Syringa vulgaris while Persian lilacs are Syringa ?? persica.
I heard it takes 7 years before the lilac bush bears flowers. True?
Moreland G on Mar 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Took 2 years for mine to bloom. Worth the wait, they smell fantastic!
Deer Resistance?
John P on Feb 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Deer will eat anything if they're hungry enough, but lilacs are not favored by either deer or rabbits.
Just to clarify. Each plant is 1-2 feet tall?
Elizabeth B on May 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes they come to you well packaged and are about 2 ft. tall. I ordered 10 and they bloomed and smell so good. The blooms are the color as shown in the picture.
Is each of the 10 in the bundle its own bush?
Chaly J on May 6, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes they are all separate. They are all tough and survived really well after Inplanted them. Just they seem to grow slow in North NJ. It seems it might take a couple of years to become real ???bushes???.
Will this lilac grow in the MS red clay dirt?
Kmc2007 on May 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Maybe not 100% red clay dirt, but amend it a little with compost at the time of planting should help it get it started. I'm in PA and I planted mine in a mostly clay soil, but I made the hole extra big and the dirt I removed I mixed with vermiculite & compost, then added a slow release organic fertilizer. I planted them last year, when they arrived bare root in early spring. This year, a couple now have bloomed and they seemed to have doubled in size since planting. I hope this helps.
How many plants come in the bundle? And is each plant one lilac bush?
Chaly J on May 6, 2018
BEST ANSWER: One order includes 10 bare-root plants, which will each grow into a separate lilac bush.
Are they poisonous?
Sally J on May 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Lilacs are neither poisonous to humans nor animals.
when do they bloom?
catherine n on Mar 18, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It depends upon how quickly spring arrives where you lives, but lilacs tend to bloom in mid-spring, after forsythia.

Customer Reviews

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Great Stark's bargain lilacs
At just under $23 for a bundle of 10 lilacs, I was expecting twigs, but the bare root plants I got were all over 30 inches tall. A couple of them even put forth blossoms last summer, their first summer in the ground. We are having an early spring here, and the leaves are already in bud. I'm looking forward to watching these grow into a nice hedge with a heavenly scent when they are in bloom.
February 20, 2016
over 3 years ago
Sweet smelling plants!
Bought 10 of these last year and had no flowers. This year all of them bloomed and they smell Great!!
May 8, 2016
over 3 years ago
Great and hearty
One of our biggest challenges here is our wind and long winters. These fabulous lilacs took both head on and are going strong. Thank you.
May 18, 2016
over 3 years ago
Lots of bang
Purchased a bunch of these bare root last year and almost all came back and look wonderful. The few that didn't come back were replaced with their guarantee and look great !
May 11, 2016
over 3 years ago
great condition and thriving
The lilacs I received were larger than I anticipated and in better condition than I had expected. A year later they are thriving and growing rapidly.
May 13, 2017
over 2 years ago
Very healthy plants
These Lilac trees are very healthy. They arrived with buds and after planted they turned into full lives immediately. New leaves came out and all 10 grow happily. I just need to find out how fragrant the flowers are.
May 6, 2017
Love them!
I planted my lilacs last spring and they've grown so fast in just a yr. I've kept mulch around them constantly. Very impressed with the quality and quantity for the price. I bought 10 more this year. I now have 20 lilacs in my yard and I can't wait till they're in full bloom. Thanks so much Starks Bro.
May 12, 2017
1 year ago
Vigorous plant!
I ordered the value pack of these lilacs, not sure what to expect. The plants that arrived were healthy and larger than expected, every bit as good as the local nursery for a fraction of the price. They have only been in the ground for about ten days but some have already begun to leaf out and all have taken to transplanting very well! I was very pleasantly surprised by what I received and will definitely be ordering from Stark Bros. again!
April 24, 2018
Bushes are thriving
I planted tem this spring when the weather was still bad and they all doing very well. All are showing solid new growth.
June 14, 2017
1 year ago
I have several beautiful plants that are thriving in spite of a plant killing 3 year old. Very resilient
May 4, 2017
over 2 years ago