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Purple Haze Persian Lilac

Syringa 'Purple Haze'

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Purple Haze Persian Lilac (Syringa 'Purple Haze') at Hillermann Nursery

Purple Haze Persian Lilac flowers

Purple Haze Persian Lilac flowers

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Height:  12 feet

Spread:  12 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  3a


A beautiful variety covered in upright panicles of moderately fragrant light purple flowers in early spring on a bushy, rounded shrub; breathtaking in bloom; needs full sun and well-drained soil; does not set seed

Ornamental Features

Purple Haze Persian Lilac features showy panicles of lightly-scented purple flowers rising above the foliage from early to mid spring. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has dark green foliage which emerges light green in spring. The heart-shaped leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Purple Haze Persian Lilac is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Purple Haze Persian Lilac is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Purple Haze Persian Lilac will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features