Syringa vulgaris ‘Madame Lemoine’ or Lilac ‘Madame Lemoine’ is a deciduous shrub from the Oleaceae family of plants. This plant is also known as the Common Lilac (vulgaris means common), interestingly it is related to the olives. It flowers in late spring or early summer with white dense panicles of blossoms. The flowers are fragrant. It has heart-shaped green leaves. Syringa vulgaris ‘Madame Lemoine’ is easy to grow.
Plant it in fertile humus-rich soil in the sun. It like chalky soil. It is easy to grow as it is low maintenance. It does tolerate hard pruning. Syringa vulgaris is native to the Balkan area hills.
Syringa vulgaris was first described in Species Plantarum in 1753 by Carl Linnaeus (1707-78), a Swedish botanist, many of his books and writing are in Latin, he is considered as one of the founders of modern ecology and was admired by many famous personalities such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau, August Strindberg, and Goethe. He was knighted by King Adolf Frederick with the Order of the Polar Star. Species Plantarum contains 1200 pages and published in 2 volumes, it contains about 7300 species of plants.
You can propagate Syringa vulgaris ‘Madame Lemoine’ by softwood cuttings or layering. The best time for this is in the summer. Syringa vulgaris grows to 6 meters or 20ft. It does shoot suckers from the roots. Deadhead the flowers. Watch out for leaf-mining moth and thrips as well as honey fungus.