Syringa spp.

In late spring and early summer the sweet perfume of lilacs fills the air in neighborhoods all over northern New Mexico. These super-hardy shrubs are in the olive family and are highly tolerant of clay and alkaline soils. They prefer a spot in full sun to very light shade and regular watering to produce the best vigor and bloom.

Most lilacs bloom on the previous year’s wood, so we recommend pruning them immediately after they flower to give them time to form and mature next year’s flowering shoots.

Blossom colors for lilacs include lavender, purple, mauve, rose-purple and pale yellow. 


Type of Plant: Deciduous Shrub

Distinguishing Characteristics: Oval green leaves and clusters of sweetly fragrant flowers

Water Use: Moderate

Flower Color: Various

Sun/Location: Full Sun