Syringa vulgaris 'Andenken an Ludwig Spath'

Common lilac

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Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour






Skill level


photo by Marcus Harpur, copyright GAP Photos (50046)

Plant details

Lilacs are very large shrubs or small trees. They are grown for their beautifully scented, conical shaped flowers, whose fragrance fills the air from late spring to early summer. The leaves are heart shaped, and 'Andenken an Ludwig Spath' has lovely slender panicles of dark, purple-red flowers that are very attractive. To encourage big flowers and to keep the plant's size in check, prune out a third of the branches each year. The Royal Horticultural Socety have given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

Family: Oleaceae

Genus: Syringa

Species: vulgaris

Cultivar: Andenken an Ludwig Spath

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Purple

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 700cm

Spread: 700cm

Reader reviews


I have a beautiful Lilac in an enormous pot on my patio. the bottom leaved look very healthy and green, though the ones at the top of the plant look crispy and brittle as though they are drying out, sometimes they crinkle. I am a beginer gardener. What is wrong with my plant and what should I do. I water it every night and have given it Miracle gro 2 weeks ago. Please help.


i have a very messy lilac bush it has never flowered and i would like to prune it so that it grows upwards a bit but am not suer how or when to do it can anyone help

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