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Yankee Doodle Lilac

Syringa vulgaris 'Yankee Doodle'

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Yankee Doodle Lilac (Syringa vulgaris 'Yankee Doodle') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Syringa vulgaris 'Yankee Doodle' flowers

Syringa vulgaris 'Yankee Doodle' flowers

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Yankee Doodle Lilac (Syringa vulgaris 'Yankee Doodle') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Syringa vulgaris 'Yankee Doodle' in bloom

Syringa vulgaris 'Yankee Doodle' in bloom

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Height:  8 feet

Spread:  8 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  2b

Other Names:  Common Lilac

Group/Class:  Father Fiala Lilac

Description:

Huge panicles of deep purple flowers appear in abundance from dark purple buds in spring on this upright, multi-stemmed shrub; very hardy, tends to sucker, ideal for screening; full sun and well-drained soil, allow room for air movement

Ornamental Features

Yankee Doodle Lilac features showy panicles of fragrant purple flowers rising above the foliage in mid spring, which emerge from distinctive deep purple flower buds. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has bluish-green foliage throughout the season. The heart-shaped leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Yankee Doodle Lilac is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This is a high maintenance shrub that will require regular care and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering
  • Invasive
  • Insects

Yankee Doodle Lilac is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Yankee Doodle Lilac will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
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Characteristics
Massing  Screening  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features