I live in Zone 5 and we had one day when it got down to minus 8 this last winter and a couple of nights where it got down to 3 below zero. This lilac is supposed to be hardy down to zone 3 but over half my lilac got killed by my winter temps. This lilac is not as hardy as PW says it is. This is the second plant I’ve purchased from PW that wasn’t as hardy as listed.
Bloomerang® Dark Purple Reblooming Lilac Syringa x
48 - 72 Inches48 - 84 Inches48 - 72 Inches1.2m - 1.8m1.2m - 2.1m1.2m - 1.8m
Don't settle for lilacs that bloom just once a year - get Bloomerang® lilacs and enjoy months of blooms instead of just weeks.
Big, bold, and beautiful - that's Bloomerang® Dark Purple lilac. Naturally growing as a handsome, rounded shrub, very large dark purple buds emerge in mid to late spring. These open to a classic deep purple-lilac color and perfume the air for weeks. The plant then takes a brief rest to create new growth before it starts to bloom again in mid to late summer, continuing through frost.
Bloomerang lilacs are also noted for their exceptional disease resistance - no worries about ugly white or brown foliage to spoil the floral show. And like other lilacs, it is sun-loving and deer resistant, so it makes an easy care choice for years of beauty.
Bloomerang Dark Purple lilac is featured in our "Two-Timer" magazine ad.
Top reasons to grow Bloomerang Dark Purple lilac:
- It's reblooming! It doesn't only bloom once in spring - it also blooms summer through fall.
- Disease resistant. Doesn't get ugly from fungus and bacteria like older lilacs can.
- Neat, rounded shape looks good in the landscape or garden.Best SellerFragrant FlowerContinuous Bloom or RebloomerAttracts:ButterfliesResists:Deer
CharacteristicsPlant Type:ShrubShrub Type:DeciduousHeight Category:MediumGarden Height:48 - 72 Inches 1.2m - 1.8mSpacing:48 - 84 Inches 1.2m - 2.1mSpread:48 - 72 Inches 1.2m - 1.8mFlower Colors:PurpleFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:GreenHabit:MoundedContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Sun
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).Maintenance Category:EasyBloom Time:Early SummerBloom Time:Mid SummerBloom Time:Late SummerBloom Time:Early FallBloom Time:Mid FallBloom Time:Early SpringBloom Time:Late FallBloom Time:Mid SpringBloom Time:Late SpringHardiness Zones:3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7bWater Category:AverageNeeds Good DrainageUses:ContainerUses:LandscapeUses Notes:
A classic addition to foundation plantings and mixed borders. Bloomerang lilac is also a popular choice for planting in decorative containers - learn more here.Maintenance Notes:
Plant only in full sun and well-drained soil; lilacs cannot tolerate soggy, wet conditions.
The rebloom of Bloomerang lilac occurs on the new growth the plant creates after its spring bloom. For the best rebloom, it's vital that the plant grows vigorously during late spring and early summer. Do this by keeping it well-watered and mulched and in plenty of sun (six hours a day at least). If you wish to fertilize it, you may do so in early spring, once the ground has thawed, and again in late spring, after it blooms.
If you want to prune Bloomerang lilac, do so immediately after its spring bloom. Never cut it back in fall, winter, or early spring - doing so will remove the spring flower buds. It is not necessary to prune Bloomerang lilac in order for it to rebloom. However, giving it a light trim after blooming does remove the developing seed heads (they look like green bananas, and some people don't care for the way they look on the plant), providing a neater look, and encourages more new growth for reblooming. Trimming after blooming will delay the rebloom by a few weeks compared to an untrimmed Bloomerang lilac.
Like nearly all lilacs, Bloomerang lilac actually requires a period of cold weather in order to bloom well. This is why lilacs are not typically suited to warmer climates. However, they are very, very cold tolerant and thrive in climates as cold as USDA zone 3.Fun Facts:
The botanical name of lilac, Syringa (suh-RIN-gah), is from the Greek word syrinx, which means tube. This is because the stems of lilac contain a spongy pith which can be remove, leaving a hollow tube that has traditionally been used to create pan-pipes.Bloomerang® Dark Purple Syringa x 'SMSJBP7' USPP 26,549, Can 5,076
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Allen Robertson, Ohio, United States, 42 weeks ago
I bought this is a 3 gallon plant three years ago. It loves its place behind the garage on the south east side of the property. it is nearly 4 x 4‘ at the moment and as long as we keep it well watered it really blooms beautifully in late summer Here in our zone 6b/7a (depending on which source you use). I wish I could add a picture – it is beautiful!Cassandra Avery, Kansas, United States, 1 year ago
I got my 3 yr Bloomerang Lilac in March 2021 too early to plant so it went in the ground in June. All the blooms had died but I kept watering and it got a few last fall. This spring it is full of buds that aren't open yet. It's healthy and I'm going to love it!!Linda, Minnesota, United States, 1 year ago
E, 1 year ago
I got this lilac plant a month ago and I must say ... It is great !David Apperson, Texas, United States, 2 years ago
Fertilized with bone meal (nature's care organic) and slow-release milorganite (contains iron) once planted in the ground. I used 1/4-1/2 inch of mulch. Very happy so far. I had expected to only have 3 viable plants out of 6 but pleasantly surprised all 6 are still going. The leaves wrinkle from heat stress (mid to upper 90s) as well as water stress. During the worst of the heat was either watering every day or every other day. No flowers yet but expecting this may take 2-3 years given the starting size of 3 inches. Currently around 1ft with the most aggressive growing plants to 5 inches on the slower ones after 2 months in my care.Jesse Sokolow, New York, United States, 3 years ago
I planted a bank of these nearly three years ago. I love fragrant plants in my garden and was so looking forward to the beautiful blooms and scent. The plants have grown beautifully, but they barely flower at all. I am in zone 7b and we did have a very temperate winter this past year. But the first 2 winters we had a decent cold snap. I only trim them immediately after the first flower, just to keep them from looking straggly. I am torn. They are lovely, healthy plants, but without the blooms they are just another big green bush in a bed I designed for them to provide a beautiful fragrant backdrop. I obviously can do nothing to change my geography or the climate, but I would love any suggestions. I may try not pruning at all next year, but it looks like I have another flower less summer on my hands.pinkparadox, Virginia, United States, 3 years ago
So pretty! I am a beginning gardener so I rely on the information on the tag and look for Proven Winners plants. Definitely not disappointed. Planted this beauty June 2019. It had a few blooms that summer but I wasn't overly worried because the plant itself was healthy looking and filled out some. We had a very long winter with a freeze/thaw cycle in late December. This concerned me. I had read that that type of winter was worse than sustained cold. To my surprise and delight, not only did the lilac survive, it is thriving and loaded with fragrant blooms! Can't wait for a second flush of flowers. Especially love that it ihas a wonderful display of colour and form with almost no maintenance. Win, win for a novice gardener.Peggy Loughran, New Brunswick, Canada, 3 years ago
I love this plant ,It's so hardy petite beautiful smelling and color shrub.Judy monroe, New York, United States, 3 years ago
This lilac laid down its roots the first year after planting. It did grow in height and width steadily and its blooms were teeny. By the 2nd season, this spring/summer, it had grown substantially and so far, has had a major full-bush bloom of very fragrant flowers. LOVE IT!! I added some fertilizer to the base of the plant according to PW instructions to help it bloom again, we shall see!Marcia, Missouri, United States, 4 years ago