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06/05/2012 at 11:01

I can propogate lilac lilacs easily enough but have had no luck with the white.  So I was delighted to see this established good sized shrub for only 16.80 euros and promptly bought it.

<p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0in;">http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa128/lavandes_garden/IMAG0386.jpg

<p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0in;">but the leaves are quite different from the usual smooth heart shaped ones.  Is it really a lilac - the label states syringa vulgaris?

06/05/2012 at 13:04

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/7357.jpg?width=648&height=350&mode=max

 Oops!  Sorry I hope this works - I have completely forgotten how to do this.

07/05/2012 at 17:21

I have a white lilac 'Madame Lemoine' and the leaves do not look anything like yours. Is the white flower on the picture on the same plant?. Maybe a picture of the blossom would help.

07/05/2012 at 17:28
The leaf looks very similar to my syringa microphylla superba, which is not vulgaris but a lilac all the same. It flowers first at usual lilac time (ie now!) and the intermittently through the year. The blooms are a pale pink, smaller than vulgarise, but still have the wonderful lilac scent.
08/05/2012 at 08:47

I've attached both a lilac and white - fingers crossed this works:

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/7421.jpg?width=648&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/7422.jpg?width=648&height=350&mode=max

08/05/2012 at 08:50
Flower shape also looks like s. microphylla superba.
08/05/2012 at 09:13

That's fine with me then - thanks a lot figrat - I'm happy with that.  It isn't that I don''t like it - it just looks different both leaf wise and flower wise from my other lilacs that if it was wrongly labelled it may have needed different care.

08/05/2012 at 09:27
It does have some differences - and advantages! It doesn't sucker like s. vulgaris, and as I mentioned flowers sporadically through the season. If you do a google search, pruning advice will be available. It tends to have more of a shrub like than a tree habit.
27/05/2012 at 10:04
figrat wrote (see)
It does have some differences - and advantages! It doesn't sucker like s. vulgaris, and as I mentioned flowers sporadically through the season. If you do a google search, pruning advice will be available. It tends to have more of a shrub like than a tree habit.

Figrat, I have a white lilac(well, looks more a sky blue really) which got hacked last autumn when I foolishly took my eye off my better half who had some secateurs in her hand. Not much flower this year, but there are loads of what appear to be young lilac plants within a yard of the parent plant. I presume these are suckers (some appear to have arial roots attached). What is the best thing to do?

27/05/2012 at 10:16
I guess exterminate or propagate! It is in the nature of s.vulgaris to send out suckers. You could dig up the suckers and grow them on - or get rid of the suckers as described in this thread:- http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/plants/lilac-shoots-all-over-the-place/2793.html
27/05/2012 at 20:26
figrat wrote (see)
I guess exterminate or propagate! It is in the nature of s.vulgaris to send out suckers. You could dig up the suckers and grow them on - or get rid of the suckers as described in this thread:- http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/plants/lilac-shoots-all-over-the-place/2793.html

Thanks.What happens if I just leave them? Do I get a thicket of Lilac or does it kill the parent..or...?

27/05/2012 at 20:32
Thicket.
27/05/2012 at 20:47

I was hoping you'd say that!!  

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