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Dappled Dawn Lilac

Syringa vulgaris 'Dappled Dawn'

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Dappled Dawn Lilac (Syringa vulgaris 'Dappled Dawn') at Ron Paul Garden Centre

Dappled Dawn Lilac foliage

Dappled Dawn Lilac foliage

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Dappled Dawn Lilac (Syringa vulgaris 'Dappled Dawn') at Ron Paul Garden Centre

Dappled Dawn Lilac foliage

Dappled Dawn Lilac foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  10 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  3

Other Names:  Common Lilac

Group/Class:  French Hybrid Lilac

Description:

A truly different lilac, whose bright magenta flowers are complemented by the showy yellow-variegated foliage; upright, multi-stemmed habit, very hardy, tends to sucker, ideal for screening; full sun and well-drained soil, allow room for air movement

Ornamental Features

Dappled Dawn Lilac is blanketed in stunning panicles of fragrant lilac purple flowers rising above the foliage in mid spring, which emerge from distinctive fuchsia flower buds. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has attractive creamy white-variegated emerald green foliage throughout the season. The heart-shaped leaves are highly ornamental but do not develop any appreciable fall colour. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Dappled Dawn 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

Dappled Dawn Lilac is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Dappled Dawn Lilac will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 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  Foliage Color  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features