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

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What are the spots on my lilac bush?

I just had someone plant lilac bushes for me and this is what they look like. They don’t seem healthy.
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How should I water and feed lilac bushes?

How often should I water and what should I feed the lilac bushes to make them flourish? Some have lichen on branches.
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Lilac disease/fungus diagnosis

I have 5 Syringa meyeri cvs all with leaves curling upwards, in on themselves also. yellow with brown/black edges and spots on the leaves. Is this just drought stress or something more serious. If ...
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What is wrong with my lilac? Strange leaf pattern

would someone be able to help me figure out what's wrong with my lilac? I see leaves that are very bright yellow in between the veins, however they are in clusters not all over the plant. I can also ...
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Lilac Bush - A parasite of some sort? How to treat?

This is related to this post, I'm having the same issue: spiny growths on lilac bush (Colorado) There is something growing from my Lilac Bush that isn't the Lilac itself. It grows directly out of the ...
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Will lilacs make a decent winter privacy hedge?

I'm looking for the ideal plant for a privacy hedge to block our land from the road. I'm hoping I can make lilacs work, because we have a free source from a friend and I really like the plant. Plus, ...
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Lilac Tree Branches Suddenly Dying

I have a Japanese Lilac Tree that was fine 2 weeks ago now there is 2 dead branches and 1 that is starting to die. They are not isolated and are random, with the first near the base of the canopy one ...
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How to save lilac bushes?

We planted a bunch of lilac bushes from Home Depot about two weeks ago but they seem to be dying. See the picture below. Our dirt around here seems pretty poor so we added a few shovels of organic ...
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Shriveling lilac blooms

Tall lilac about 10' was doing fine starting to bloom. We put new top soil, sprinkled alyssum seeds on top of lilac root area and put brick border and black rubber soil guard around same area. Now the ...
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How do I encourage my potted Lilac Palibin to grow more leaves and flowers?

I live in Munich, Germany, and have had my Lilac Palibin bush for nearly a year. It has grown well in its pot on my south-east-facing balcony. However, now spring has arrived it has few leaves up ...
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spiny growths on lilac bush (Colorado)

I have a lilac bush which this year did not seem to come in as full as the past couple of years. In addition, I see some of the branches have these spiny growths on them. Does anyone know what that is?...
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How should I prune my lilac to shrink it?

I have a few lilacs on my property, but this one in particular is next to my house. When and how should I prune it? Ideally, I would like it to be about two feet less in diameter, but I’m worried that ...
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What type of lilac is this? [closed]

I live in zone 3 in Wyoming. It is a bold purple. The fragrance is amazing. The plant is about 10-12' tall and about 8-10' wide. I am moving and want to take it with me.
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What's the correct lilac plant for my growing conditions?

I want to get one lilac and I wasn't aware that there are different kinds. I live in New Jersey, the soil is clay and acidic. I want to place it in front of my house where it gets half day full on sun....
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What are these white powdery patches on these lilac leafs?

A lilac bush was destined for removal and I separated as many cohesive root and shoot bunches as I could. I planted some immediately and potted others, almost all of which are doing well. I notice one ...
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What are these spots on my lilac bush?

New to the landscaping game. Planted a small lilac in my yard about a month ago and I am starting to see these spots on a majority of the leaves. Is this due to lack of water or nutrition?
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Pruning a Lilac in November (South East, UK)

The leaves are falling off the 6'x6'x10' beast of a lilac I inherited from the previous homeowners, and I'm wondering whether now is an appropriate time to start reducing the height. The plan was to ...
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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 ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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