Ludwig Spaeth Purple Lilac

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Delight in the scent and sight of spring! Intense fragrance and fresh color, perfect for bouquets. Prolific bloomer produces violet-red florets that attract wildlife like hummingbirds and butterflies. Strong, narrow-spreading, upright growth habit. Deer-resistant. Cold-hardy. Blooms emerge in late spring.

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Bloom Color Purple, Red
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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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

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
I want to have lilacs on my farm to diversify product offerings.
Shawndreia D on Mar 26, 2020
It is the color the wife wanted
Johann F on Mar 3, 2020
I want to have lilacs on my farm to diversify product offerings.
Shawndreia D on Mar 26, 2020
I wanted to make a barrier and have something beautiful to look at.
Megan P on Mar 13, 2020
It is the color the wife wanted
Johann F on Mar 3, 2020
My garden features only purple and white plants, I needed a dark purple lilac and could not find one locally.
Rosanne N on May 14, 2019
Heard good things about this lilac
Reba M on Apr 14, 2019
Everybody needs a purple lilac
Sharon H on Apr 25, 2018
purple lilacs attract humming birds and butterflies, who's food source are in short supply
Rochelle K on Apr 18, 2017
This is one of the darkest purple varieties
ELAINE S on Feb 3, 2017
I liked the color and bloom size and the hardiness of the variety
Alice K on May 16, 2016
I love lilacs.. the scent and this color .. I'm pretty sure my sister will enjoy these blooms..
Charlotte C on May 1, 2016
I wanted to make a barrier and have something beautiful to look at.
Megan P on Mar 13, 2020
My garden features only purple and white plants, I needed a dark purple lilac and could not find one locally.
Rosanne N on May 14, 2019
What is the plants size when shipped?
Donald D on Apr 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your inquiry, The bare root plants have a shipping expectation of 1-2" tall.
Will this lilac prosper in a 1/2 wine barrel? I live in a mobile home park and container gardening is the only option.
patricia r on Dec 21, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I have grown many small young plants, including lilacs, in containers for several years until the plant is large enough to survive in the garden on it's own. Lilacs have proven more difficult than most plants for several reasons. They are sensitive to being over-watered. The roots of many lilacs rotted and died when given the same amount of water as all the other shrubs. They definitely want a moist but very well drained soil. Any plants left above the ground in containers did not survive the freezing cold below zero temperatures my garden receives every winter. If your winters are severe and the soil freezes solid in the barrel, most of the roots will die. Also, since most lilacs can grow to over 10 feet tall, you would need to prune this shrub severely and since the flower buds form on the tips of the branches, trimming the shrub after early summer means you are cutting off the flower buds and will not see any blooms next spring. My can try to grow this lilac in a large container but it will be challenging to keep it growing vigorously enough to bloom in the spring. A smaller, dwarf type lilac would be much easier.
I just bought two lilacs ant want to know how long before they bloom??we are 78 yrs. old and would like to see them bloom
Sissy L on Apr 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Sissy, you have plenty of time to see them bloom! Of the ones I bought three years ago, one is in full sun and blooming freely. Magnificent. A second one is healthy and bushy but without blooms, mainly because I think there is more shade. I fully expect it will bloom next year.
I planted this last year and it appeared to die l cut off a small section the wood was green I hope it comes up from the roots this year or am I dreaming?
Kelly on Apr 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Your plant could be "shocked" after being dug up, shipped and replanted. It may die back but should come back...fertilize, water and be patient.
Is the ludwig spaeth lilac a hybrid?
Victoria H on Apr 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it is an antique hybrid that was first introduced during the Civil War.
Is this the old very dark purple lilac variety one sees on old farmsteads? Or is it close to that dark in shade of purple? Thank you!
Zach F on Mar 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. It's rather difficult to answer your question, as many, many different varieties of lilacs are found on farms around the country. The photos we display on the website are as accurate as we can make them. We do have a couple of varieties that are darker than Ludwig Spaeth: President Grevy Blue Lilac: // and Sensation, which is a bit more of a dark blue lilac:
Are these lilacs really only 1-2 inches tall? Or is that a typo?
Laurie l on Apr 20, 2020
Are these really only 1 - 2 inches tall bare root?
Unity M on Apr 2, 2020

Customer Reviews

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Ludwig Spaeth lilacs for a hedge
I bought 10 bare-root Ludwig Spaeth lilacs last year, on sale. They didn't put out new leaves that summer, and I worried that they wouldn't make it through our zone 5A winter in Vermont. Now in their 2nd summer with us, they are all healthy! No blooms this year, but healthy leaves. I expect them to take off next year.
If you're planting a lot of lilacs or other shrubs for a hedge, this is the way to go.
June 23, 2017
over 4 years ago
Mother's day blooms
It took two years, but it was the first lilac tree in the area to bloom this year, right on mothers day!
May 14, 2016
over 6 years ago
This bush has been hearty from day one. It bloomed the first year.
May 22, 2017
over 4 years ago
Excellent pruduct
The lilac bush survived the cold winter and gave a lot of beautiful flowers this spring! Excellent quality, easy to take care of. Flowers were gourgeous purple color with a strong smell(which I love) and relatively big.
Strongly recommend to purchas "Ludwig Spaeth purple lilac"
June 21, 2017
over 4 years ago
great gift
We bought this for my sister in Va. she could not find purple any where near her home. I knew that they always had them near us at Miller's Nursery and wasn't sure how Starks was after they bought them up. They did not disappoint.
This is a nice little bush. We had gotten two and one did not make it. They replaced it for her.
She is very happy with them and even got a few lilacs this season. Seems to be a great Lilac.
May 27, 2017
over 5 years ago
The lilac was planted on arrival and failed to take root.
May 20, 2017
over 5 years ago