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PlantFiles: Littleleaf Lilac, Little Leaf Lilac
Syringa microphylla

Family: Oleaceae (oh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Syringa (si-RING-gah) (Info)
Species: microphylla (my-kro-FIL-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Syringa pubescens subsp. microphylla

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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 seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

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

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive saya On May 9, 2005, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

A lovely little shrub..lovely scented like S. vulgaris...but its scent is remembers me somewhat of the perfume of Brugmansia. is not growing in my garden but in one of my neighbours garden. S. microphylla is a shrubby version of the lilac tree; it may reach up to 1.8 metres at maturity, and has panicles of pink flowers which are the same shape as those of the tree but slightly smaller in seize. The little rounded leaves do appear at first sight similar but smaller in seize than S. vulgaris. The foliage however is somewhat not that smooth as S. vulgaris. It loses its leaves in the winter so it is a deciduous shrub. The highly scented flowers appear in profusion in late spring and often continue intermittently until autumn comes. It likes fertile, well-drained soil and a full sun position.


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

New Prague, Minnesota
Pacific, Missouri
Munsonville, New Hampshire
Eagle, Wisconsin

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