Syringa vulgaris 'Madame Lemoine'

Common lilac

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Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Scented flowers



Skill level


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Plant details

Common lilac, which is rarely grown in its basic fragrant lilac-pink form, was introduced from the mountains of South-Eastern Europe in the 16th century, and has since produced numerous varieties, many of them similar to each other. Among the supreme few, this old and still popular double white is one of the loveliest and most reliable. It has good fragrance and flowers profusely, the neat compact heads of creamy yellow buds opening early in May to make a fine display of glistening white. Plants are usually grafted on S. vulgaris rootstocks. 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 Society has given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Oleaceae

Genus: Syringa

Species: vulgaris

Cultivar: Madame Lemoine

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Scented flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 500cm

Spread: 450cm

Flowering period: May to June

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