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    Sensation Lilac

    Syringa vulgaris 'Sensation'

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    Sensation Lilac (Syringa vulgaris 'Sensation') at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Sensation Lilac flowers

    Sensation Lilac flowers

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Sensation Lilac (Syringa vulgaris 'Sensation') at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Sensation Lilac in bloom

    Sensation Lilac in bloom

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Height:  9 feet

    Spread:  9 feet

    Sunlight:  full sun 

    Hardiness Zone:  2a

    Other Names:  Common Lilac

    Group/Class:  French Hybrid Lilac

    Description:

    This highly distinctive hybrid has fragrant panicles of rich purple flowers with each individual petal trimmed in white; upright, multi-stemmed habit, tends to sucker, ideal for screening; full sun and well-drained soil, allow room for air movement

    Ornamental Features

    Sensation Lilac features showy panicles of fragrant purple flowers with white edges rising above the foliage in mid spring. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has bluish-green foliage throughout the season. The heart-shaped leaves do not develop any appreciable fall colour. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

    Landscape Attributes

    Sensation 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 is a high maintenance shrub that will require regular care 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. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

    • Suckering
    • Invasive
    • Insects

    Sensation Lilac is recommended for the following landscape applications;

    • Mass Planting
    • Hedges/Screening
    • General Garden Use

    Planting & Growing

    Sensation Lilac will grow to be about 9 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 9 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 is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

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

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