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Lilac Madame Lemoine


Mme. Lemoine Lilac

Syringa vulgaris 'Mme. Lemoine'


Mme. Lemoine Lilac flowers

Mme. Lemoine Lilac in bloom

Height:  10 feet

Spread:  5 feet +

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  2a

Other Names:  Madame Lemoine Lilac

Group/Class:  French Hybrid Lilac


One of the classics, this spring blooming lilac features double white flowers with the sweetest perfume in upright panicles; upright, multi-stemmed habit, tends to sucker, ideal for screening; full sun and well-drained soil, allow room for air movement

Ornamental Features

Mme. Lemoine Lilac features showy panicles of fragrant white flowers 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.

Landscape Attributes

Mme. Lemoine 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.

 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 favour of tastier treats. 

Mme. Lemoine Lilac is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Mme. Lemoine Lilac will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 9 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 3 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.