Invasive Species Council of British Columbia
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Preston lilac

Syringa x prestoniae

About This Species

Zone 2a

Grow me instead of Tamarisk

Preston lilac is a deciduous shrub popular for its extremely fragrant flowers. Blooming in the spring, Preston lilacs are available in several different flower colors ranging from pink, white, purple to red. Growing to 3.5 m tall, this is a very tough, low-maintenance shrub. As a bonus, pollinators love it!

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