Syringa vulgaris 'Sensation'
Syringa vulgaris 'Sensation'

Syringa vulgaris 'Sensation'

SKU: F67571
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Quick Facts
Common Name: Common Lilac
Hardiness Zone: 3-7S/8W Exposure: Sun
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Blooms In: May
Mature Height: 8-10' Spacing: 8-10'
Read our Growing Guide Ships as: ONE GALLON POT
Fragrance: Yes Deer Resistance: Yes
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Popular since 1938, Syringa vulgaris 'Sensation', a bi-colored Common Lilac, has stood the test of time. Its unusual purple blooms have a creamy white edge and appear mid- to late season. If you visit our nursery in May, you’ll find Syringa vulgaris 'Sensation' in bloom by the Tree Peony grove.

Lilacs are among the best-known spring-flowering shrubs. For reliable bloom and sweet fragrance, generally before Memorial Day, these sturdy shrubs are in a class by themselves. Most Lilacs prefer full sun and neutral-to-slightly-alkaline soil.

For more information on the growing and care of Lilacs, click Growing Guide.




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.


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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.



Average Customer Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (5 Reviews) Write a Review

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I received an outstanding Syringa vulgaris 'Sensation' lilac

I received my outstanding Syringa vulgaris 'Sensation' lilac plant from White Flower Farm in May 2024. The 'Sensation' lilac was in a 1-gallon container. The lilac plant had 4 healthy branches of growth from the main stem, and with healthy multiple leaves on the branches on the lilac.
This is best and most healthy 'Sensation' lilac I have every purchased. The shipping box and packaging for this 'Sensation' lilac was superb, and protected the lilac's multiple branches and leaves during the shipping route from Connecticut to my residence in the Texas panhandle.
Kudos with 5 stars for White Flower Farm and the 'Sensation' lilac that I received from them, plus the box and packaging to protect the lilac during its shipping journey.

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Worth the wait

We planted ours three years ago, and this season it’s finally big enough to give us blooms. It’s gorgeous! The catalog pics don’t do it justice. I’m so happy!!

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Absolute Best Lilac Available!

I bought the Sensation Lilac as many as ten years ago. It is now six feet tall and drop dead gorgeous. It's one of those plants that make you look and sniff the air for more! I've had other lilacs with great scents before, but this one is the absolute best! Give this baby sun and space to grow and stand back for the best show in the world!

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My Lilac is only about 8 ft tall,but so far, there have been no pests or diseases or mildew.....Planted about 10 ft out from the corner of my house, so it has room to grow...the flowers are very fragrant, also, lovely edged in white......I am thinking I may trim it up, more as a small tree as it grows, multi-stemmed.....

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Really small plant shipped- don't' buy

This plant arrived in poor to ok condition at a whopping 4 inches tall. The sad thing is that I planted it in a bed with another Miss Kim Lilac I bought at a local nursery auction for a fraction of the price I paid for this plant, which is over 3 feet tall and equally round. Miss kim has bloomed beautifully every year. This sad little Sensation has grown only 2 inches and has never never bloomed. What a waste of money (plus shipping). Don't bother.

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Growing guide

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Latin Name Pronunciation: sir-ing'guh  

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.  

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