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Syringa vulgaris

Review Notes: Ultimate Height: 4m
Ultimate Spread: 4m
Time to ultimate height: 10-20 year(s)
Preferred common name: lilac
Syringa can be deciduous shrubs or trees, with simple, entire or rarely pinnate leaves and conical panicles of small, very fragrant, 4-lobed tubular flowers in late spring or early summer.

Pruning
These evergreen shrubs and deciduous trees and certain deciduous shrubs need very little pruning and are best left to their own devices in most cases. They do not send out vigorous shoots that need curbing. Remove diseased , damaged congested or crossing shoots. Shoots that are growing in unwanted directions can also be pruned out. Do this in late winter or early spring, unless late summer or early autumn pruning is specified to avoid bleeding and facilitate rapid healing of cut surfaces. These plants flower on previous or current year's growth.

Pests Can get leaf-mining moths and thrips .
Diseases May be affected by lilac blight.

Soil Alkaline or Neutral. Moist but well-drained or well-drained. Chalk, Clay, Loam or Sand.

Aspect All aspects. Exposed or Sheltered.

Propagation
Propagate by softwood cuttings or layering in early summer. Grafting can be done in winter and budding in summer.

Flowers: Pink and Purple in Spring and Summer.

Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous.
Fragrance: Flower.

Supplied Height Approx 12" 1.95 + P&P







Plant Type:- Shrub
Colour:- Pink and Purple in Spring and Summer
Flowering Period:- Mar to Sep

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