The only common thing about this lilac is that it is one of only two types you see growing where the old homesteads once stood. May be the oldest loveliest purest white of them all with single flowers on a hardy vigorous upright shrub.
If you like a menu fixe rather than a bazillion options, this is the lilac for you. No one really knows its exact origin, but it predates the idea of heirlooms and hails from a time when there were only a couple of lilac strains in circulation (now there thousands).
Like its counterpart Common Purple, it gets the job done without messing around. Z2. (1-3' bare-root plants)
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Plant in a sunny (at least 6 hours of sunlight each day) well-drained location in moderately rich soil; sandy gravelly loam is perfect. Pink, lavender and blue lilacs color up best in soil with a neutral pH. Spacing depends on your plan; lilacs perform well as hedges as well as specimens.