Violet Uprising Lilac (Syringa patula ‘JN Upright Select’)

Violet Uprising Lilac

Sometimes you need a lot of ‘Flower Power’ to make a big bold statement in your yard! One of the very best flowering shrubs to achieve this is the lush Violet Uprising™ Lilac (Syringa patula ‘JN Upright Select’). This gorgeous selection was found from a sport of Miss Kim Lilac. If you like Lilacs, you will love Violet Uprising™!

This compact shrub produces amazing, foot-long flower trusses in mid-late spring that are held almost straight up and down! Waving aloft well above the leaves, people will stop and take notice of these enormous blooms, for sure! This is no wimpy Lilac – It brings an energetic flair to your plantings, with strongly erect branching.

Of course, they smell amazing, too. There is just nothing like the scent of homegrown Lilac in the garden! Your hummingbirds and pollinators that drop by for lunch will agree! After all, you’ll get 12-inch long, violet, fragrant flowers in spring. In summer, you’ll appreciate the tidy, high performance, compact landscape shrub for screening.

These hard-working smaller shrubs give you value in all four seasons. Did we mention that this Lilac has fall color? Yes, you read that correctly! This is a very desirable variety that actually displays rich, purple foliage color once the nights start getting colder. It does very well in extreme cold, too – handling down to USDA hardiness zones 3 without worry and surprisingly low chill so Violet Uprising™ blooms in USDA growing zone 8 heat!

Planting and Application:

Even if your yard is the size of a postage-stamp, you can include these fantastic upright and space-saving plants! Even container and balcony gardeners can trim up this unique selection and keep it in containers – no garden or yard needed to enjoy these fragrant spires!

Cut the amazing blooms for use in your springtime cut flower arrangements. You’ll love having that fragrance and high-style vertical texture in bouquets! Any garden becomes a pollinator and cut flower garden with the addition of a Lilac like this!

Add a single accent shrub in a high-traffic area, or plant two flanking either side of the path leading to your backyard, or one anchoring a garden bed or softening the corners of your home’s foundation planting.

Create a low hedge for an added boost of pretty privacy along the length of your patio seating. Try a long row in the side yard along your property line as a friendly fence. Separate your front living spaces from the sidewalk with a row of these welcoming shrubs! Of course, a screening row along a property line is one the neighbors won’t mind.

Try them as a snow fence along the length of your driveway. Even in winter, the erect branching gives you visual interest while slowing wind and blocking drifting snow. The birds will love the shelter and nesting environment you’ve just provided them too!

Of course, you can also repeat their use throughout your mixed shrub border. Make room for these plants! It’s easy with their upright form! The fall color will have people driving by doing a double take. These are not your Grandma’s Lilacs!

  • Outstanding Foot-Long Blooms
  • Huge Highly Fragrant Lavender Blooms Grow Vertically
  • Nectar Food Source for Butterflies & Hummingbirds
  • Perfect Compact Size for Modern Lots
  • Great Form Looks Clean and Tidy
  • Rich Purple Fall Color
  • Flowering Hedges, Living Walls, Friendly Fences & Outdoor Rooms!

Tips for Care:

Lilacs need full sun to produce those incredible, erect blooms. Ensure they receive at least six hours of direct sunlight a day. Provide easy-care Lilacs with a moderate amount of water on a regular basis. They are durable but will do best with an even schedule of water, especially in times of drought. Grow them in well-drained soils for best results. It’s a good idea to create a mulched flower bed for your new shrubs. They love a three-inch layer of mulch over their root systems.

Take care when applying lawn fertilizers nearby. These high nitrogen formulas are designed to produce lots of green leaves and growth, but not flowers. You can apply a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer for blooming plants in early spring. Always follow directions on the label.

The perfect time to prune is right after the flowers finish blooming in spring or early summer. Plan to prune right after the flowers finish, so you won’t disturb next year’s flowers

Follow these easy Pruning steps for the best flowering. Remember that Lilac blooms form on new growth that happens immediately after the flowers are done. Time your pruning job correctly to not miss a single bloom! Get outside right after the flowers are finished. Snip the past blooms, and correct for shape at this time.

It’s a good idea to plan a schedule of renewal pruning. This easy practice keeps your plants young and flowering beautifully. Once the shrubs are about five years old, cut a few of the oldest, thickest stems right down to the ground every other year in spring. Leave the younger thinner stems in place to produce flowers.

Lilacs are very hardy. They respond very well to both renewal pruning and light pruning to remove the spent blooms. Lilacs are deer resistant, but if you live with deer in your area, apply repellent spray on planting day. Deer are hungry and curious, and you want to train them to leave your plants alone. Reapply according to the label.

  • Sun Loving Bloomer
  • Well-Drained Enriched Soil
  • Moderate Moisture & Mulched Beds
  • Long-Lived & Low Maintenance
  • Rarely Bothered by Deer
  • Resistant to Powdery Mildew
  • Extremely Cold Hardy

Time to start a riot in your landscape! Violet Uprising™ Lilac is enchanting, no matter where you use it.

Violet Uprising Lilac (Syringa patula ‘JN Upright Select’) Details

Common name Violet Uprising Lilac
Botanical name Syringa patula 'JN Upright Select'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 3-8
Growth rate Medium
Height 4 - 6 ft.
Width 4 - 5 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time After Flowering
Flower color Light Purple-Violet