Persian lilac is a fast growing deciduous tree from southwestern
Asia. The leaves of the Persian lilac can reach up to two feet
in length, and light green in color. The blooms of a Persian
lilac are violet or lavender, and appear in late spring, on
into early summer. Caution should be taken, as the seeds of
a Persian lilac can be very poisonous if ingested by humans.
Many gardeners choose to grow Persian lilac plants solely for
their large, beautiful foliage.
lilac plants can be invasive, if care is not taken to control
their growth. Attractive to bees, butterflies and birds, the
Persian lilac has very fragrant flowers. They are suitable
for growing indoors, provided that the location selected allows
for a good deal of direct sunlight daily. Not enough, generally
less than six hours, direct sunlight can severely limit the
amount and size of the beautiful and fragrant blooms.
lilac needs an average amount of water, with a well-drained
soil. Standing water in the soil makes the plant very susceptible
to root rot. The best way to propagate Persian lilac plants
is from softwood cuttings. Seed sown indoors can propagate
Persian lilacs, but this generally takes around five years
before blooms are produced. Division can also propagate Persian
lilacs, as long as care is taken to prevent damage to the
root system. Damaging the root system of Persian lilac bushes
will inhibit the flowering for up to three years.
to zones three through seven, Persian lilac plants will grow
to a height of from four to eight feet, with a mature spread
of five to ten feet. The rounded and low mature form makes
the Persian lilac a perfect plant to be used in a foundation
planting or as a border plant. The blooms can be cut and taken
indoors for a lovely scent and floral display, but the fragrance
can be overwhelming if not enough ventilation is provided.