How to Grow Syringa Vulgaris Mme Lemoine - Plant Care & Tips

By NorwichGardener Team   /   2024

Syringa vulgaris mme lemoine is a deciduous shrub that is native to southeastern Europe. It typically grows to 6-8 feet tall and wide with a rounded habit. The leaves are dark green, ovate-shaped and have a toothed margin. In the late spring, the shrub is adorned with an abundance of small, fragrant, lilac-colored flowers that appear in clusters. The flowers are followed by dark purple berries in the fall. syringa vulgaris mme lemoine is a low maintenance shrub that is tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions. It prefers full sun but will tolerate some shade. It is also resistant to deer and rabbits.

How to Grow Syringa Vulgaris Mme Lemoine - Plant Care & Tips

Popular name

  • Mme. Lemoine's lilac

  • Common lilac

  • European lilac

Common Knowledge

  • Syringa vulgaris 'Mme. Lemoine' is a compact, deciduous shrub with dark green leaves and profuse, fragrant, lilac-purple flowers.
  • It typically blooms in mid-spring, with flowers appearing before the leaves.
  • The flowers are followed by small, brown seed capsules.
  • 'Mme. Lemoine' is a clone of the species Syringa vulgaris, which is native to southeastern Europe and western Asia.
  • It was discovered and introduced into cultivation in France in 1856 by Nicolas Lemoine.
  • The shrub was named in honor of his wife, Madame Lemoine.
  • Although 'Mme. Lemoine' is sometimes listed as a variety of S. vulgaris, it is actually a separate cultivar.
  • It is a popular choice for shrub borders and foundation plantings.
  • It may be used as a hedge or screen.
  • 'Mme. Lemoine' is relatively easy to grow in average, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade.

How to Grow

  1. For syringa vulgaris mme lemoine, first step is to find a location that receives full sun.
  2. The second step is to make sure the location has well-draining soil.
  3. The third step is to dig a hole that is twice the width and depth of the root ball.
  4. The fourth step is to place the root ball in the hole and backfill with soil.
  5. The fifth step is to water the plant deeply.
  6. The sixth step is to apply a layer of mulch around the plant.
  7. The seventh step is to fertilize the plant once a year with a slow-release fertilizer.
  8. The eighth step is to prune the plant in late winter or early spring.
  9. The ninth step is to deadhead the flowers as they fade.
  10. The tenth and final step is to enjoy your beautiful syringa vulgaris mme lemoine!

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Syringa Palibin

Soil Condition

About soil condition, it prefers deep, humus-rich, well-drained soils, but it is not overly particular about soil type and will even grow in heavy clay soils, provided that they are not too wet in winter. It also does well in alkaline soils.

Light requirement

So, like the other kinds of flowers, the syringa vulgaris mme lemoine needs sun to grow properly. The plant should be placed in an area that gets at least six hours of sunlight each day. If the syringa is not getting enough sun, it will not bloom as well.

Ideal Temperature

The temperature condition that is most favorable for the growth of the Syringa vulgaris Mme. Lemoine is a temperature that is between 40 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit. This plant does not tolerate cold weather well and will not do well in temperatures that are below freezing. This plant prefers to grow in moist soil and will not do well in dry conditions.

Ideal Humidity

Ideal humidity condition for this plant is around 40% to 50%. The plant does best in moist, well-drained soils with a consistent level of moisture. However, it is important to avoid soggy conditions, which can lead to root rot.


About fertilizer, this plant doesn't need a lot. In fact, too much fertilizer will result in fewer flowers. A light feeding in early spring is all that is needed. As for the root, it is best to plant this shrub in well-drained soil.

Plant Pruning

Pruning is an important part of keeping your syringa vulgaris mme lemoine plant healthy and looking its best. Pruning in late winter or early spring will help to encourage new growth and prevent the plant from becoming too leggy. When pruning, be sure to remove any dead or diseased branches and to shape the plant so that it maintains a compact form.

The Propagation

Propagation of Syringa vulgaris Mme Lemoine is best done through softwood or semi-hardwood cuttings taken from new growth in late spring or early summer. Cuttings should be about 6 inches long and taken from the tips of the stems. They should be placed in a well-drained rooting medium and kept moist. Rooting will usually occur within 4 to 6 weeks. Once rooted, the plants can be transplanted into individual pots or into the garden.

Plant Growth

Usually, the plant growth rate in full sun and well-drained soils. They are tolerant of some drought once established. They are not tolerant of wet soils. Mme Lemoine is a fast-growing cultivar, reaching 8 to 10 feet tall and wide at maturity. It flowers on new growth, so pruning in early spring is recommended to shape and encourage dense growth.

Basic Problems

Common problems for this kind of plant plants are powdery mildew, leaf spot, and root rot. Powdery mildew is a white, powdery fungus that covers the leaves and stems of the plant. Leaf spot is a brown or black fungus that affects the leaves of the plant. Root rot is a brown or black fungus that affects the roots of the plant.

Growing Tips

  • Make sure to provide your syringa vulgaris mme lemoine plant with full sun to partial shade.
  • The soil should be well-drained and rich in organic matter.
  • Water the plant regularly, making sure the soil is evenly moist but not soggy.
  • Fertilize your plant monthly using a balanced fertilizer.
  • Deadhead the flowers regularly to encourage more blooms.
  • Prune the plant yearly, cutting back about one-third of the previous year's growth.
  • Keep an eye out for pests and diseases, and treat accordingly if needed.
  • syringa vulgaris mme lemoine plants are generally quite hardy, but they may need some protection from harsh winter weather.
  • You can propagate syringa vulgaris mme lemoine plants by rooting stem cuttings.
  • Enjoy the beautiful blooms of

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