How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Lilac Shrubs
I have a lilac, approximately 15 feet tall, full sun, soil etc.is in good condition. Unfortunately there is no evidence of growth. There was an ice storm in our area in April, however I have a second lilac that bloomed just fine.
The one in question we lost approximately one third due to ice storm damage. I trimmed back the damaged portion. Please note that I am approximately 40 kilometres north of Montreal Quebec and the lilac in question was planted in 1999.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
PS as mentioned I have another lilac which is fine and I have two Japanese Lilac Trees that are growing without any issues.
Hello. I have a Lilac Tree which is taking over by sprouting all around the tree and taking space from the other plants. I put the fabric around the tree and covered with stones but still coming right and left . any advise? Thanks
Hi, Kami, You’re dealing with runners or suckers. Most lilac plants spread this way (one variety, Miss Canada lilac (Syringa x prestoniae, does not send out as many as most others; other “safe,” suckerless options include Meyer lilac, Peking, and Manchurian lilac).
What to do? There are not a lot of options. As you’ve learned, covering the runners will not stop them. One solution may be to install barriers, or edging, that you bury about 6 inches or more below ground level. Use a steel or metal edged type. First cut (at ground level or as low/deep as you can) and pull the existing runners, then put in the barrier. It should reduce or stop the runners for a few seasons.
I have an older lilac bush in front of my house. It has been my pride and joy. But this winter I had some huge branches break off. Now I don't know what to do with it to help it. I am not sure if I should just leave it be or if I should give it an extreme trimming. Can you offer some suggestions?
I HAVE A LILAC BUSH THAT STARTED LIFE AS PURPLE. IT BLOSSOMED WITH TINY WHITE FLOWERS DURING LATE FALL AT THE VERY TIP OF THE BRANCHES. THIS LAST SUMMER IT BLOOMED WHITE AND THE BLOSSOMS WERE LITTLE. IT IS NOW LOADED WITH DEEP BLUE PURPLE BARRIES THAT REMIND ME OF MAINE'S WILD BLUE BARRIES. THIS IS THE FIIRST TIME THE BLOSSOMS TURNED INTO BARRIES. IS THIS NORMAL?
Lilacs don't produce berries. They do, however, produce seeds. So unless it is a seed then you don't have a lilac bush :) sorry
Is it possible that you had a lilac grafted onto another plant? Sometimes when things are grafted, the rootstock plant starts to grow and take over. I just looked online and it said that lilacs are often grafted onto privet rootstock. Privet does have white flowers and berries ~ which are poisonous, so don’t eat them!
I planted a Lilac bush in the early spring in Denver. It's been an extremely hot summer. I've done my best to water at least weekly, but it doesn't look like it's doing so well. The leaves have small brown spots on them and some are curled at the edges. It hasn't grown any taller since I've planted it. What should I do?!
Thank you for the help,
Hi, Brooke, Any plant needs time to adapt to a new location, so it’s not a big surprise that it has not grown much. Your watering may be a good plan but it may not be addressing the problem. Did you do a soil test? Did you improve the soil? Lilacs like a slightly alkaline soil (pH 6.5 to 7; below or above this range could cause problems, e.g., failure to thrive) and lots of organic matter (not just any “dirt” will do). We hope you find a solution here.
Hi, I have bought a linden tree in October, kept it inside until the end of April, was doing really well, a lot of leaves big and dark green, beautiful!
I moved it outside and slowly lost all the leaves and whatever was left they were small and brown spotted.
I was watering twice a week,half sunny place.
I am not sure what to do now, there is no foliage coming, can I have some advice please?