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Yankee Doodle Lilac

Syringa vulgaris 'Yankee Doodle'

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Yankee Doodle Lilac

Syringa vulgaris 'Yankee Doodle'

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Botanical Name

Syringa vulgaris 'Yankee Doodle'

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Full Sun, Partial Sun



The Yankee Doodle Lilac has enormous, long flower heads, packed with blossoms in a very deep shade of purple. It makes a stunning show in spring, and the blooms last for 4 weeks, filling your garden with color and the rich scent of lilacs everyone loves. This easy to grow plant reaches between 6 and 9 feet tall, and is only about 6 feet wide, so not a huge bush like older types are. Plant it around your home, or on a lawn for a beautiful display. Plant it at the back of shrub beds, or as an informal screen along a fence or boundary, where it will put on a stunning display of color and scent.

  • Very large flower trusses of deep, rich purple
  • In bloom for up to four weeks
  • Beautifully fragrance with the classic scent of lilacs
  • Hardy in very cold areas
  • Easily grown and hugely rewarding

The Yankee Doodle Lilac is hardy in very cold zones, and an invaluable shrub in those areas. It grows best in full sun, although it tolerates a little shade. It flourishes in most soils, if they are well-drained, and it grows well in urban conditions. Pests and diseases are rarely serious problems. Removing the spent flower heads and some of the oldest branches is all the care it needs, and it will put on a spectacular display for you year after year.

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