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PlantFiles: Cut-leaf Lilac
Syringa x laciniata

Family: Oleaceae (oh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Syringa (si-RING-gah) (Info)
Species: x laciniata

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive taffazull On Jul 15, 2013, taffazull from Srinagar Kashmir
India wrote:

This plant was a few decades back the most popular flower in Kashmir and a shrub could be found adjacent to the dwellings of rich and poor alike. A mile away from our house was the hamlet of Hyderpora (Named after Syed Haider) where there was a small picturesque mud shrine of Syed Haider surrounded by a garden with hundreds of Syringia laciniata bushes called "Yasman" by local people.In this "Yasman Zar"(Lilac garden) ,when the lilac was in bloom, villagers from far and near would come to a fair held in honor of the saint and enjoy themselves.
Today the shrine has been converted into an ugly concrete building decorated with multicolored electric lamps and although many lilac bushes still grow around the shrine as people have not dared to cut them down, it is no longer the peaceful, picturesque place of yore where simple folk would enjoy the lilac booms in spring.This is the price we pay for becoming modern

Neutral RosemaryK On Feb 12, 2011, RosemaryK from Lexington, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

According to Dirr's book Hardy Trees and Shrubs, this lilac is comparable to Syringa x persica, Persian Lilac in most characteristics except the leaves. He says it bears reasonable flowers in partial shade, and that it is one of the most heat tolerant.

Positive bigcityal On Dec 9, 2005, bigcityal from Menasha, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

Excellent foliage shrub. Flowering is very minimal. Lacy open look, needs pruning to keep contained.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Brookline, Massachusetts
Haviland, Ohio
Lexington, Virginia
Menasha, Wisconsin

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