Considered the best blue Common Lilac, this classic favorite has pinkish buds that open to loose trusses of single, blue-lavender flowers carrying a heady, Lilac fragrance. 'President Lincoln' is a fast-growing variety with erect, open branches. A popular selection since its introduction in 1916.
Lilacs are essential spring-flowering shrubs. They offer dense heads of lavender-blue (better known as "lilac"), deep purple, white, or wine red flowers with a strong, sweet fragrance that is, for many of us, inextricably intertwined with memories of spring visits to Grandmother's house. Most Lilacs prefer full sun and neutral to slightly alkaline soil. For reliable bloom and sweet fragrance, generally around Memorial Day, these sturdy shrubs are in a class by themselves. (Please note: Lilacs will not endure desert heat.)
For more information on growing and care, click on Growing Guide.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.
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Hometown Gardener from Hannibal, Mo
I was very happy to find this lilac. I had gotten some from a local garden center the first year we lived in our home, and last year the new puppy we got teethed on two of them and killed them. Due to last year's drought I was not willing to stress the plant by taking cuttings from it- it barely survived between the dog and the drought. I was able to replace the two lilacs this year, and they are doing very well. I look forward to having all the bushes in full bloom.
A viewer from Ohio
SO impressed by this lilac. It is larger than described, well branched, and clearly well cared for. Large thick branches, uniform, and lovely! Excited to see it begin to settle in. This is a very high quality lilac bush-- just what I would have picked out at a local nursery.
OK Gradener from Norman, OK
This fella has been in the graound for barely a month. It started out as a bare root plant looking like just a mass of twigs. I am amazed at how rapidly and how well it has gotten its start. It is clearly happy with all the rain we've had in Oklahoma of late.
Plant Syringa in full sun (S. laciniata varieties are the exception and will perform well in partial shade). Immature lilacs produce flowers with lighter coloration; it may take 4–6 years for their true color to show.
All Lilacs require well-drained soil with pH close to neutral. Add lime if your soil is extremely acid. Fertilize once, in early spring, with a light application of an organic seaweed extract, fish emulsion, or slow-release fertilizer. Prune as necessary after bloom in spring.
S. vulgaris varieties are prone to powdery mildew, which generally appears in late summer. Mildew disfigures the leaves to varying degrees, but seems to have little effect on the vigor of the plant.