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24/05/2013 at 23:27

hi , i am looking to buy a lilac tree, i just love the scent and it reminds me of my childhood. whilst looking around a lilac shrub/tree keeps appearing syringa vulgaris it looks pretty and it says it is highly scented/ 2 questions does anyone know are they highly scented as described and is the scent the same as what i call old fashined lilac?  i would be so grateful for any advise as i dont know much at all and dont want to get this wrong . thanks.

24/05/2013 at 23:29

Yes.. Syringa vulgaris is very scented and will be the one you know from your childhood.

Now there are many named Syringa vulgaris cultivars in different colours... from deep to light purple, almost maroon to white.

Some even have double flowers.



24/05/2013 at 23:33

..Syringa vulgaris is lilac, yes... if you are going to buy one, I recommend a variety called 'Katharine Havemeyer', which has the old fashioned scent, plus it's also a lilac colour...

24/05/2013 at 23:35
24/05/2013 at 23:42

oh thankyou so much for all the advise much appreciated,i will now look for the katherine plant which sounds nice especialy as that is my daughters name


25/05/2013 at 18:27

I have a miniature lilac growin a tub tha I have had for 30 odd years and repooted it this so have som cuttings growing .If you live anywhere near Bournemouth you are welcome to one .the smell is divine and quite strong.

25/05/2013 at 20:47

I have an area outside my boundary fence which is an unadopted rough lane and wondered if I could plant a syringa there which would then grow taller than the fence and be visible from my garden.  I would want to prune it to try and make it more of a tree than a bush and as the ground is very stoney I cannot dig down very far.  Does this idea seem viable?  I don't want to plant a conifer as have just had 22 of them removed from the other side of the garden.

25/05/2013 at 20:52

...^oh..I think that's a nice idea actually... they grow small-tree-like eventually, so you would have all the top growth and most of the flowers peering over your fence... and if anyone complained, well you could just say you didn't plant it... it just grew...

25/05/2013 at 21:44


25/05/2013 at 23:27

bridget 2 thankyou so much for your offer and if i lived near you i would gladly accept your offer , but sadly i dont . thankyou for the kind thought.

26/05/2013 at 15:58

Thanks everyone for the info.  I'm not totally comvinced I will be able to dig a big enough hole, and even then, will the roots be able to grow?  Anyway, I'm going to wait until Lidl or Morrisons start selling trees again and then buy one.

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