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Bron Improved Dappled Dawn Lilac

Syringa vulgaris 'Bron Improved Dappled Dawn'

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Bron Improved Dappled Dawn Lilac (Syringa vulgaris 'Bron Improved Dappled Dawn') at Greenbloom Landscape Design

Bron Improved Dappled Dawn Lilac foliage

Bron Improved Dappled Dawn Lilac foliage

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Height:  8 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Common Lilac

Group/Class:  French Hybrid Lilac


A truly different lilac, whose bright magenta flowers are complemented by the intense yellow-cream variegated foliage; upright, multi-stemmed habit, very hardy, ideal for screening; full sun and well-drained soil, allow room for air movement

Ornamental Features

Bron Improved Dappled Dawn Lilac is blanketed in stunning panicles of fragrant fuchsia flowers with lilac purple overtones rising above the foliage in mid spring. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has attractive yellow-variegated deciduous emerald green foliage with hints of creamy white throughout the season. The heart-shaped leaves are highly ornamental but do not develop any appreciable fall colour. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Bron Improved Dappled Dawn 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 high maintenance shrub that will require regular care and upkeep, 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 and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering
  • Invasive
  • Insects

Bron Improved Dappled Dawn Lilac is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Bron Improved Dappled Dawn Lilac will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 2 feet 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 is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

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

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