Some flowering shrubs are simply more beloved than others—and lilacs are arguably the most adored of all. Poets and artists, as well as gardeners, have paid tribute to their heady fragrance and many feel a garden isn't complete without them. French lilacs were all the rage in the 19th century, but in recent years the US has caught up with fantastic cultivars that are best suited to our environment. One of the very best American-bred hybrids of the renowned Ohio lilac breeder, Father John Fiala, Yankee Doodle is among the deepest, darkest purples you can find. The enormous blossom clusters open from deep purple buds, filling your late-spring garden with their classic fragrance, generally before Memorial Day. A profuse bloomer, it's hardy and to easy care for; a perfect choice for a windbreak or privacy hedge that also serves to attract pollinators. These sturdy shrubs are in a class by themselves. Prefers full sun and neutral to slightly alkaline soil. Syringa vulgaris 'Yankee Doodle'
Soil RequirementWell drained garden soil enriched with humus.
PruningTo shape as needed, after flowering
Additional InformationThe top rated Lilac by Father Fiola, the famous Lilac breeder and expert. Bred in Russia by the great Russian lilac hybridist Leonid Kolesnikov.
Unique CharactersticsNature Hills: The Yankee Doodle Lilac features large panicles of deep rich purple flowers. The large clusters of strongly fragrant single flowers rise above the blue green heart shaped foliage. The Yankee Doodle is a profuse bloomer with an upright and spreading growth habit. It is also hardy and easy to care for.For the best flower display it prefers full sun but can tolerate light shade as well.Its size and shape make it a perfect choice as a windbreak or privacy hedge. It would be beautiful as a foundation plant and around patios or walks where its fragrance can truly be enjoyed.Your Yankee Doodle will attract songbirds, butterflies and hummingbirds to further enhance this shrubs beauty. However, it will not attract deer or Japanese Beetles. Every landscape should have at least one Lilac. Choose the Yankee Doodle for its rich fragrance and color.