Growth & Care
|USDA Plant Hardiness Zone||4a|
|Recommended Pruning Method||Prune After Flowering|
|Plant Form||Upright Spreading|
|Flower Period||Spring, Summer|
|Flower Fades To||Purple|
|Suitable for Cut Flower Arrangements||Yes|
|Additional Group||French Hybrid Lilac|
|Landscape Application||Massing, Screening, Garden|
Planting & Growing
Congo Lilac will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 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.
Congo 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
Congo Lilac is recommended for the following landscape applications:
Mass Planting, Hedges/Screening, General Garden Use
Congo Lilac features showy panicles of fragrant red flowers rising above the foliage from late spring to early summer that fade to purple over time, which emerge from distinctive dark red flower buds. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has green foliage throughout the season. The heart-shaped leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.