Purple Lilac - A Guide to Purple Lilacs

Purple Lilac

Purple lilacs are the aromatic spring bushes that grow in your garden. They bless you with their beauty and fragrance making your day better! Announcers of spring, the purple lilacs are loved by many and adored by even more!

Purple Lilac Description

  • Family: Oleaceae
  • Origin: The purple lilac is native to Europe and Asia. However, the story of the purple lilac has its roots in the Greek mythology. The scientific name of the purple lilac is Syringa. Syringa was a Greek nymph that was chased in the woods by the Greek God, Pan. To escape him, Syringa turned herself into the purple lilac we all know and love today.
  • Sun exposure: Purple lilac should receive full to partial shade.
  • Height: Purple lilac bushes may grow up to 3 feet tall.
  • Soil: The purple lilac should be grown in a well-drained, alkaline soil.
  • Leaves: Purple lilac leaves are dark green in color and are heart shaped.
  • Blooming time: Purple lilacs bloom in late spring, April through May.
  • Maintenance: Purple lilacs need the minimum of care after planting. They can easily support harsh winters and in times of drought, they just need some extra water. Prune purple lilac bushes only three or four years after the first planting.
  • Propagation method: Purple lilacs may be propagated through five different methods: from seed, by grafting, by cuttings, through air layering and by tissue cultures.

Purple Lilac Species

The purple lilac can be found in various forms. There is the Syringa vulgaris, the Persian lilac or the Chinese lilac. Out of these, there are the Syringa chinensis ‘Lilac Sunday’, Syringa hyacinthiflora ‘Asessippi’, Syringa josiflexa ‘Royalty’, Syringa laciniata, Syringa meyeri ‘Dwarf Arnold, Syringa prestoniae ‘Donald Wyman, Syringa ‘Minuet’, Syringa vulgaris ‘Adeleide Dunbar’, Syringa vulgaris ‘Albert F. Holden’, Syringa vulgaris ‘Flower City, Syringa vulgaris ‘Frank’s Fancy’, Syringa vulgaris ‘Monge’.

Purple Lilac Meaning

The purple lilac is known to symbolize the first emotions of love. It is a harbinger of spring and has a fragrance that will insanely make you love it. It is the 8th wedding anniversary flower and even more, it has the statute of being the state flower of New Hampshire.

Purple Lilacs Arrangements

Purple lilac arrangements looks just wonderful in spring. It’s a spring flower that revives any table arrangement in your home. For a freshly looking purple lilac arrangement, mix your purple lilacs with snapdragon and daisies in mixed colors.

Purple lilacs also go very well with white lilacs, but snapdragons and rose are a good choice, also. Basically, any kind of spring flower may be mixed in purple lilac arrangements. For colors, you might want to use pale shades of yellow, orange or pink, or go with a more daring choice of hot pink, electric blue, warm orange and sunny yellow.

Purple Lilac Bouquets

Purple lilac bouquets look so very delicate. They inspire love and emotion. Therefore, you should really pay attention to how you will use them.

Round purple lilac bouquets fit best. They are lovely, rich and the fragrance of the purple lilac helps the bouquet stand out. Mix purple lilacs with lavender and white lilac or add some ivory posy for a more glamorous look.

For wedding purple lilac bouquets, mix them with shades of pink or white, even silvery flowers and the elegance will speak for itself! For a cascade shaped purple lilac bouquet, mix them with sweet peas, lamb’s ear, oregano blossoms and lisianthus and wrap them in silky bows.

Purple Lilacs in Gardens

Plant your purple lilac bushes in early spring or in the fall. Place them in an area that has full sun exposure and make sure the soil can drain easily. Make sure you place them about 12 to 15 feet apart so they do not choke each other.

You should plant your purple lilac bushes or trees near your fence or somewhere near your window, so that when it blooms it can enrich your home with its gorgeous fragrance.


Purple lilacs will last longer when cut if you place them in cool places, away from any source of heat. Preserve them by adding some floral foam or sugar. Also, drops of vinegar mixed with plain water will slow the growth of bacteria and will help them last longer.

Also, remove any foliage that might be underwater as these can cause bacteria appearance. If this would be the case, drop a little charcoal in their water. This will help remove any bad odor.

The purple lilac is a blessing to the human eye. Having one of the most powerful fragrances emitted by a plant, the purple lilac can easily be recognized by its grape shaped flower and gorgeous scent!