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Leptodermis oblonga
Miniature lilac!

Leptodermis oblonga

Fragrant violet-purple blooms spring-frost!
Item: #LEPOB2Q
ZONE 5,6,7
As low as $22.99
  • Only 18" tall but loaded with blooms!
  • Clusters of fragrant lavender flowers spring-frost
  • Looks and smells like a dwarf Lilac
  • Low growing shrub can be used as a ground cover
  • Tough & durable. Thrives in heat, cold & drought!
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Leptodermis oblonga Description

Truly one of the most unusual new flowering shrubs to hit the market in the past ten years!

Leptodermis has a complicated name for such an enchanting garden plant! This native of China begins its flower show of highly fragrant lavender flowers in early summer, and continues until the first fall frosts!

A dainty grower, Leptodermis delivers a bouqet of lilac-scented flowers atop its mounds of low-growing green foliage. The delicate appearance of this new flowering shrub belies its tough durability, and resistance to heat, cold, and even drought!

Great addition to any garden design where it will work as an edging plant, or tuck nicely into an alpine garden! Combine with hardy Sedums, Ornamental Grasses  or colorful Coneflowers.

This native of China has just recently been introduced to American gardeners. A compact grower to only 18" tall, but will easily spread to 24" wide, this could be the next fragrant groundcover for those sunny garden designs! Plants will grow and flower best if given well-drained garden soil and full sun conditions.

Special Features: Blooms First Year, Cold Hardy, Easy Care, Fast Growing, Fragrance, Hummingbird Lovers, Long Blooming, Reblooming

Quick Facts

  • Botanical Name:
    Leptodermis oblonga
  • Common Name:
    Lilac Shrub
  • Zone: 5,6,7,
  • Sun Exposure:
  • Delivery:
    See Schedule
  • Ship Form:
    2 Quart
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  • Height x Width:
    18" x 24"'
  • Flower Color:
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  • Uses:
    Alpine and Rock, Container Gardening, Edging, Ground Cover, Ornamenta, Small spaces, Under Planting
  • Cannot Ship to:
    AK, CAN, HI, PR
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Ideas and How-to's



Soil: Average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Mulch to conserve moisture and buffer soil temperatures.
Light: Most varieties tolerate full sun in the North, but benefit from afternoon shade. In the South, plants require afternoon shade. Tolerates full sun only if grown with consistent moisture. Intolerant of drought, with foliage tending to decline considerably in dry conditions
Water: Water to keep soil moist, but not wet.
Spacing: 18"
Fertilizing: Fertilize once in spring with a fertilizer designed to encourage blooms (such as 15-30-15).
Maintenance & Pruning: Minimal pruning is needed to remove any broken branches or winter damage. Plants may be slow to break dormancy in the spring, so it may require a bit of patience in waiting for new growth to appear.