Genus *Syringa*, flowering woody plants native to SE Europe to E.Asia

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Is it possible to create lilacs with different colored flowers on different branches?

Is it possible to create (using grafting) a Lilac (Syringa vulgaris) which has different colors? One branch with white flowers, the other with lilac?
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How are lilac cuttings taken?

I have an old lilac bush that I would like to propagate. Suckers work, but I would like more control over amount, uniformity, and size. I had heard that they root readily from hardwood and semi-ripe ...
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How do I save lilac seeds?

I know it's possible, because that's how people come out with new hybrids, but how does one go about saving the seeds of a lilac? Specifically, I have the straight species of Syringa vulgaris, and ...
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Why are my lilacs dying and what can I do about it?

I have some large, old lilacs that seem to be dying. They start out great in the season, then leaves on individual branches start to get a variegated look, then curl, then brown, then finally die. I ...
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Do Bloomerang and Josee lilacs rebloom as well as advertised?

Looking through catalogs, I see pictures of lilac bushes in full bloom with sunflowers blooming nearby, illustrating how well they rebloom during the season. If I bought one, should I expect that or ...
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Can I transplant a shade-growing lilac into a sunny spot?

All of the lilac bushes I've ever grown have been in the sun. I assumed that was important for their survival. When cleaning up the yard yesterday in preparation for spring planting, I found a ...
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What is the cause of the dead spots in my lilac bush?

Last year, we built a home and got a Lilac as part of our landscaping package. The landscaping was planted in August, so it's almost made it a full year now. In June, we started to see dead spots ...
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What are these nodules growing on my miniature lilac?

Does anyone know what is growing on my miniature lilac? The nodules are all over the stems and first appeared in the late spring. I have tried searching the internet for an answer but the common ...
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Can I rejuvenate a very old lilac bush that has regrown from the base?

I have a very old (about 120-125 yrs. old) lilac bush. It was cut almost to the ground 20 years ago. I had been told that this was how to control giant lilacs. It had formerly been 18' high and 25' ...
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Dying French Lilac

I live in South East Tennessee. About 7 years ago I planted two Lilac bushes in my front yard. One is the regular purple kind, the other is called a French Lilac. The purple one started to get too ...
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Will Lilac do well in soil with a high concentration of clay?

I would like to plant some Lilac but may be cursed with Missouri clay. Will Lilac generally do OK if planted in clay-rich soil? What is a good way to start a new planting?
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Lilac tree has branches without flowers

My parents have had a lilac tree in their backyard for about 25 years. It came from saplings given by a neighbour. Over the years, some secondary shoots ("suckers", I think?) were removed as they ...