Syringa laciniata
Cutleaf Lilac
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Family: Olive family (Oleaceae)
Native Habitat: Turkestan and China

General Lilac Information:
Ah, Lilacs! The quintessential spring flowering shrub. The plant to buy mom for Mother's Day. The beautiful flowers and their incredible fragrance. They've been one of our most popular shrubs for centuries. In fact the first record for their cultivation dates to the 1500's.

When most people think of Lilacs, it's the "Common Lilac" (Syringa vulgaris) that springs to mind.  A wonderful shrub in many respects, it does have some serious deficiencies, three in particular. They grow too large for many gardens. Depending on variety they can max out at 8 to 15 ft. in height with a spread of 6 to 12 ft. Not a small shrub! They tend to sucker, many varieties profusely. These root suckers surround the plant at the base and really detract from what would otherwise be a nice vase-shaped form. And perhaps worst of all, they are often disease prone with powdery mildew on the foliage being particularly troublesome. Leaves can be almost completely covered by mildew in bad years.

Fortunately there are some fantastic lilac varieties that have nearly all the positives of Common Lilac with none of the negatives. We've tried to select a few of the best to offer in our catalog.

This variety:
Cutleaf Lilac is surely one of the most unique Lilacs. What makes it so unique is its foliage. The small blue-green leaves, 1 to 2" long, are deeply lobed. Besides its unusual leaves, it has a number of other outstanding attributes. For a Lilac, it is adaptable to a rather broad climatic range, growing well in northern gardens as well as those in the deep south. It also has excellent shade tolerance for a Lilac, growing and flowering well in partial shade. It is remarkably disease free. Its semi-dwarf form is excellent for modern gardens. A 50 year old specimen at the Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL grew to only 6 ft. high and wide.

Ornamental Characteristics:
Deeply lobed (cut) leaves. Fragrant pink flowers in mid to late spring.
Habit & Growth Rate:
Medium growth rate. Grows to 6 ft. high and wide.
Landscape Uses: Shrub border, foundation plantings, specimen plant. Flowers attract butterflies.
Hardiness: Zone 4 to 8
Easily grown in average garden soil. Full sun or part shade. Excellent disease resistance.