Syringa vulgaris 'President Lincoln'
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Syringa vulgaris 'President Lincoln'

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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: BAREROOT 12-18"
Fragrance: Yes Deer Resistance: Yes
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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. Syringa vulgaris '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 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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Average Customer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (7 Reviews) Write a Review

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Beautiful, healthy plant

I received my lilac and this plant really exceeded my expectations. It was a large plant, and had already started to put on some leaves. I planted it within a week of receiving it and it has put on a lot of growth. We have had a few nights in freezing temps here on PA, but this lilac is very hardy, and the freezes have not bothered it one bit. I am very, very happy with this plant. I am a first time buyer from this company and I will buy form them again!

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Best Plant Ever Ordered

I bought a President Lincoln lilac years ago from White Flower Farm when I lived in Colorado Springs, CO. It was the best, most healthy and perfect plant I ever ordered or bought anywhere. It grew beautifully and bloomed right away. I'm back to White Flower Farm since my experience was so good so many years ago.

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Amazing lilac - takes a long time to bloom (from orig planting)

We planted this bush as a little tiny twig in the Spring of 2013. It grew exponentially through that season - we were amazed. I knew that it takes a couple of years for you to get flowers, but this species takes many years. Every year I waited, nothing showed up - I started to think that maybe we had a dud. Then last spring (2017) we got flowers - and they were well worth the wait. Our plant is huge now- you can see it over our 6 ft fence. Just wanted folks to know that you might wait a while on this one, don't get discouraged. In the meantime, be amazed by how quickly it grows!! :)

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How long until it blooms?

We bought and planted two more than two years ago. Nice green leaves but no blooms. Disappointing!

29 of 37 people found this review helpful. Do you? yes no  Certified buyer

Wow! Huge healthy plant

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.

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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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