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Syringa 'Dark Purple' Shrub

Dwarf Lilac Shrubs
  • From £29.99 (ex VAT)

One of the best flowering dwarf Lilacs, this relatively new variety called Syringa 'Dark Purple' blooms in May and can keep on flowering throughout the summer. The buds are dark purple and the flowers that emerge are darker in colour than other dwarf Lilacs and have an appealing scent.

Syringa 'Dark Purple' is low maintenance, only requiring occasional pruning if you wish to maintain its neat, bushy shape. Best planted in full sun or light shade, 'Dark Purple' will thrive in most alkaline to neutral pH soils and reach a size of 2x2 metres. The perfect choice for herbaceous borders and patios.

Please note due to the dwarf nature, the product sizes are similar but the 10L bush is more mature and fuller than the 5L.

AKA Lilac Dark Purple, Syringa Bloomerang Dark Purple

  • Common name: Dwarf Purple Lilac
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 2 x 2 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Summer
  • Flowers: Pink-purple, fragrant
  • Soil: Will tolerate most soil types except acidic

Planting Advice for Syringa 'Dark Purple' Shrubs

Our pot grown Lilac Dark Purple shrubs can be planted at any time of the year. Prepare your planting site by removing all weeds and grass within a metre of your planned planting hole. Dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. To help it establish more effectively, especially if you have poor soil, we advise applying root grow by sprinkling it in the hole.

Gently tease the roots then place in the hole. Mix 50% of your original soil with 50% high quality compost, then use this to fill the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the shrub. You can find further planting advice here.

Aftercare Advice for Syringa 'Dark Purple' Shrubs

If you’re planting in spring or summer, water well and regularly for the first few months. Make sure to keep an eye on young Dwarf Lilac shrubs and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. We stock a range of irrigation kits, suitable for a variety of planting schemes.

Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds for the first couple of growing seasons.

Pruning Advice for Syringa 'Dark Purple' Shrubs

Unlike most Lilac trees, Dwarf Lilac shrubs need very little maintenance. A light prune in late summer is all that is needed to maintain its neat shape. Also prune any damaged or diseased branches.

Delivery Timescales

Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team, with many despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours (please allow up to 10 days). There's no need to be in to receive your trees and you can request where they are left via the checkout.

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date and whether the delivery driver needs assistance.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees with a height under 1.5 metres) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 large trees (trees too large to fit in a box): £19.95 + vat

Mature, pleached or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy additional trees with no increase in delivery cost.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Non Mainland UK

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.

Below are definitions of various forms, which refer to the shape of the tree defined by the pruning it has received. For more advice, please contact us.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree is has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system. Take care to buy a true multi-stem like all ours and not those that are 3 saplings in a pot to cheaply imitate them.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branch), which supports a branched crown. Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height.

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

The product table below gives the sizes and forms offered for this variety, along with photos you can enlarge (these are only a guideline as all plants are unique so vary slightly).

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Syringa 'Dark Purple' Form: 2 Year Bush Supplied Size: 50-70cm Root type: 5L pot Syringa 'Dark Purple' Price £29.99 (ex VAT)
2 Year Bush 50-70cm 5L pot £29.99 (ex VAT)
Syringa 'Dark Purple' Form: 3 Year Bush Supplied Size: 50-70cm Root type: 10L pot Syringa 'Dark Purple' Price £39.99 (ex VAT)
3 Year Bush 50-70cm 10L pot £39.99 (ex VAT)
Total: £0.00 (VAT Free)