Cut-leaf Lilac

Syringa x laciniata

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



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Mid Spring


Grown for foliage


Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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

Brookline, Massachusetts

Haviland, Ohio

Lexington, Virginia

Menasha, Wisconsin

Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 28, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

The handsome foliage is much finer than other lilacs and highly resistant to powdery mildew. The flowers are handsome but not as showy as common lilac and with a fragrance that reminds me more of privet.

Habit is much smaller and more compact than common lilac. Stems are slender and not coarse in winter like common lilac.

This is not only more tolerant of summer heat, it also has a lesser winter dormancy requirement than S. vulgaris, and could be more often planted in Z7/8 where common lilac suffers.


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,... read more


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.


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.