Invasive Species Council of British Columbia
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Meyer lilac

Syringa meyeri

About This Species

Zone 3a

Grow me instead of Butterfly bush

Meyer lilac is a compact, deciduous shrub that blooms with sweetly scented, lavender-pink flowers in late spring to early summer. The fragrant flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Leaves are flexible, soft, and green. It prefers full sun or part shade in moist, well-drained soils, but tolerates the occasional drought. Meyer lilac can be trimmed into a hedge or planted on its own .

When selecting non-invasive plants for your garden, be sure to look for those that are suitable for your location, including moisture requirements, hardiness zone, and avoidance of known bear attractants among other factors.

Plant Special Features

  • Fire smart
  • Bear smart
  • Pollinator friendly

Moisture Requirements


Moist but well-drained conditions