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Minuet Lilac

Syringa x prestoniae 'Minuet'

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Minuet Lilac (Syringa x prestoniae 'Minuet') at Platt Hill Nursery

Minuet Lilac flowers

Minuet Lilac flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Minuet Lilac (Syringa x prestoniae 'Minuet') at Platt Hill Nursery

Minuet Lilac flowers

Minuet Lilac flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Minuet Lilac (Syringa x prestoniae 'Minuet') at Platt Hill Nursery

Minuet Lilac in bloom

Minuet Lilac in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  7 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  2

Group/Class:  Preston Lilac


An extremely attractive and compact shrub with upright panicles of lightly fragrant light purple flowers in late spring; multi-stemmed and small-growing, ideal for average garden use, beautiful in groupings; full sun and well-drained soil; non-suckering

Ornamental Features

Minuet Lilac features showy panicles of lightly-scented lavender flowers rising above the foliage in late spring, which emerge from distinctive purple flower buds. It has forest green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves turn buttery yellow in fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Minuet 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.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Minuet Lilac is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Minuet Lilac will grow to be about 7 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot 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 particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

This Plant Finder tool is an online catalog representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact your nearest Platt Hill Nursery store for current availability. It does not include our entire inventory of plants, so be sure to visit us to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.

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