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Lilac ''Sensation' | Syringa vulgaris - 80cm - 6lt

Lilac ''Sensation' | Syringa vulgaris - 80cm - 6lt

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Syringa vulgaris 'Sensation' is a stunning deciduous shrub that belongs to the olive family, Oleaceae. It is also commonly known as the French lilac or common lilac. 'Sensation' is a popular cultivar of the species and is known for its striking variegated foliage and fragrant flowers.

The leaves of 'Sensation' are a dark green with a creamy white edge, which adds interest to the shrub even when it's not in bloom. In the spring, it produces large, showy panicles of deep purple flowers with a white edge. These flowers are incredibly fragrant and attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds to the garden. The blooms last for several weeks, filling the air with a sweet, heady scent that is truly unforgettable.

This lilac shrub can grow up to 10 feet tall and 8 feet wide, but it can be pruned to maintain a smaller size. It prefers full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. 'Sensation' is relatively easy to grow and is low maintenance, making it an excellent choice for a beginner gardener or anyone who wants to add some beauty and fragrance to their landscape.

Overall, Syringa vulgaris 'Sensation' is a lovely and eye-catching shrub that will add interest, color, and fragrance to any garden or landscape. Its unique variegated foliage and fragrant blooms make it a standout plant that is sure to impress.

  • Common Name

    lilac ''Sensation'

  • Family


  • Type

    deciduous shrub

  • Pot Size


  • Height (cm)


  • Native To

    southeastern Europe and eastern Asia

  • Flower

    Large panicles of double rose-lilac, white centered

  • Foliage

    green to mid green

  • Maturation period

    10–20 years

Key Info

Size & Spacing

Mature Height

4–8 metres

Mature Width

2.5–4 metres

Shape / habit


Preferred Location


Soil Type

Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam, Alkaline, Neutral

Soil moisture

Moist but well–drained, Well–drained

Growing Period




Spring, Summer and Autumn


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During this time, we have developed a large stock of trees, mature evergreen shrubs, conifers, Japanese maples, cedars and olives. What sets us apart from a generic garden center is solid unwavering focus on trees and some bigger shrubs. You will find thousands of trees, hundreds of varieties and lots of experts who are working on the nursery and more than willing to help you to choose a plant for you.

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