Hybrid Lilac, Canadian Lilac 'Lavender Lady'

Syringa vulgaris

Family: Oleaceae (oh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Syringa (si-RING-gah) (Info)
Species: vulgaris (vul-GAIR-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Lavender Lady
Additional cultivar information:(PP1238, Descano hybrid)
Hybridized by Lammerts
Registered or introduced: 1952
Synonym:Syringa x hyacinthiflora




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)


10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

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)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer



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:

Patent expired

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


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

Moreno Valley, California

Newbury Park, California

Palmdale, California

Santa Clara, California

Ijamsville, Maryland

Mackinac Island, Michigan

Wyoming, Michigan

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Gardeners' Notes:


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

Common/French and Hyacinthiflora lilacs require substantial winter dormancy and do not bloom reliably south of Z6.

'Lavender Lady' was hybridized by Water Lammerts at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge, CA, Z10a, and is recommended for planting in southern CA. It would also be worth testing in Z8 and Z9 in the southeastern US.

However, Dirr says it's a hybrid S. vulgaris x S. laciniata. It won't have the traditional common lilac fragrance.


On Jan 31, 2014, EverCurious from Palmdale, CA wrote:

I planted 2 of these in our yard in autumn 2012. Almost immediately after planting they lost all of their leaves and went dormant, I thought they died but decided to wait and see if they'd bounce back in spring. I'm glad I did! They leafed out in March and bloomed in April. The blooms were beautiful though not incredibly fragrant, one was a light lavender with a lot of blooms, the other ended up more of a royal purple with smaller clusters. Shortly after that we had an early heatwave, unfortunately the foliage was still tender so it burned pretty badly, we lost almost all of the leaves. Again I thought it was a goner. Then it started to recover and, I couldn't believe it, it bloomed again! I've never heard of these being repeat bloomers, I don't know if it was just a freak occurrence or if... read more


On Jun 24, 2012, cebearden from Gulfport, MS (Zone 8b) wrote:

Does anyone know if this plant will take the heat and humidity of the deep south...as in Mississippi? We certainly qualify for the low chill of winter but I need to know if it has the chutzpah to thrive in our hot/humid summers. Feedback welcome!!


On Oct 25, 2009, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Editor's Note

Plant Patent number 1238 has expired


On Dec 9, 2003, Clare_CA from Ventura,
United States (Zone 10b) wrote:

Last year, I purchased several bareroot California Lilacs, called Descanso Hybrids. The colors that are available here are "Angel White," "California Rose," and "Lavender Lady." These hybrids were developed specifically to grow in the warm climate of Southern California and do not need the winter chill that most lilacs require in order to flower. They are featured at the Decanso Gardens in La Caada, CA.

They also grow certain French lilacs which bloom well in warm climates. It's my understanding that one can induce dormancy in warm winter climates by withholding water for a short period in the winter, and when the lilacs come out of dormancy, they will be better able to produce blooms. Lilacs can take 3-5 years to reach the flowering stage.