Syringa vulgaris 'Yankee Doodle'
Plant Common Name
The deep dark purple flowers of ‘Yankee Doodle’ really stand out in the spring landscape. The moderately compact hybrid was developed by the famed American lilac hybridizer and authority, Father John Fiala.
When not in bloom this rounded deciduous shrub offers little interest, but it is exceptionally beautiful when its large, conical flower panicles appear in spring to early summer. ‘Yankee Doodle’ offers many rich purple flowers. They are potently fragrant, ideal for cutting and attract loads of bees, butterflies and many other insect pollinators.
Lilacs develop their best habit and flowers when grown in full sun and prefer average to fertile soil that is neutral to slightly alkaline and well-drained. Though moderately drought tolerant, they still prefer supplemental water during very dry spells. Next year's flower buds are set shortly after blooming, so prune directly after their yearly display.
There are several serious pests and diseases that plague lilacs. Lilac borers can be a fatal, so keep an eye out for their telltale half-moon shaped holes along the trunks. Powdery mildew is also a yearly problem. Extreme drought stress can invite both.
French lilacs make fine feature plants. Cut their fresh blossoms for fragrant, long-lasting flower arrangements.
AHS Heat Zone
8 - 1
USDA Hardiness Zone
4 - 8
A1, A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14
Full Sun, Partial Sun
6'-8' / 1.8m - 2.4m
5'-7' / 1.5m - 2.1m
Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer
Hybrid Origin, Eastern Europe
Clay, Loam, Sand