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The Bloomerang™ series lilacs are known for their highly fragrant, reblooming flowers, compact habit, and smaller leaves. They are excellent shrubs for smaller gardens.

  • Family (English) Olive
  • Family (botanic) Oleaceae
  • Tree or plant type Shrub
  • Foliage Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
  • Native locale Non-native
  • Size range Small shrub (3-5 feet), Medium shrub (5-8 feet)
  • Light exposure Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily), Partial sun / shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
  • Hardiness zones Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5 (Northern Illinois), Zone 6 (City of Chicago)
  • Soil preference Alkaline soil, Moist, well-drained soil
  • Tolerances Alkaline soil, Clay soil
  • Season of interest mid spring, late spring, early summer, midsummer
  • Flower color and fragrance Fragrant, Purple
  • Shape or form Mounded, Multi-stemmed, Round
  • Growth rate Moderate

Size and Form:

Bloomerang™ series lilacs are compact with a rounded habit reaching 4 to 5 feet high and 5 to 6 feet wide.

Native geographic location and habitat:

Bloomerang™ series lilacs are of hybrid origin.

Attracts birds, pollinators, or wildlife:

The fragrant flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

Bark color and texture:

The stem bark is light gray with white lenticels.

Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture:

The leaves are opposite and elliptical to ovate-shaped. They have green leaves in spring, with yellow-orange to no color in the fall.

Flower arrangement, shape, and size:

Bloomerang™ series lilacs have terminal clusters of 4 to 6 inches with highly fragrant lilac-purple flowers. These are one of the more consistent rebloomers in the nursery trade. The initial bloom is heavy in May, then the bush goes through a rest period and reblooms in July until first frost. Reblooming slows in hot summer temperatures.

Plant care:

Bloomerang™ lilac are best planted in full sun and well-drained soil. These lilacs will tolerate part shade but will have less flower potential. They prefer organically rich, moist, alkaline soil. Bloomerang™ series lilacs need to be properly watered in dry periods. It is best to apply a light mulch layer to conserve moisture and moderate soil temperature fluctuation. They need good air circulation to prevent disease. Light pruning to remove spent flowers in spring will initiate reblooming in mid-summer to fall, but pruning is not required. These bushes are usually relatively low maintenance.

List of pests and diseases:

There aren’t any serious diseases or pests. Bloomerang™ series lilacs are deer resistant. They are more resistant to powdery mildew and leaf spots.

Dark Purple Bloomerang™ lilac (Syringa x ‘SMSJBP7’):

This cultivar is rounded that grows 4 to 6 feet high and 5 to 6 feet wide. It is long blooming with dark purple flowers.

Dwarf Pink Bloomerang™ lilac (Syringa x ‘SMNJRPI’):

This is an improved version of Bloomerang™ ‘Pink Perfume’ with darker pink flowers and better disease resistance. It is rounded and grows 2 to 3 feet high.

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