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The genus name comes from the Greek word for "pipe." Because of the lilac's pithy stems, two early names for it were "pipe tree" and "blow stem." Both allude to the Greek myth in which the nymph Syrinx, pursued by the god Pan, turns herself into marsh reeds, which Pan then joins and uses as his flute, or panpipe. The scent of lilacs is a favorite spring fragrance, a sweet reminder of childhood.

General maintenance:

To shape once established, deadhead after flowering and prune no later than July 4 to avoid damaging next year's flower buds. Regularly thin new growth from base. Cut out dead or damaged wood as it appears. To rejuvenate an overgrown lilac, cut out one-third of nonproductive old stems at the base annually.


Bacterial or lilac blight, powdery mildew, lilac borer, or lilac leaf miner may occur.


To control lilac borer, use pheromone traps. To control leaf miner, removed damaged stems. To control bacterial blight, the most serious lilac disease, increase air circulation by keeping shrubs well pruned (sterilize tools). Though powdery mildew can be an eyesore, it rarely requires action.

How to sow/plant:

Start with potted plants or  bare rooted Plant in spring or fall in a sunny site with moist, well-drained soil. Set container-grown lilacs at the same depth they were in pots; adjust bare rooted plants so top of root ball is level with soil. Space at a distance equal to plants' mature spread. Water after planting, and mulch to conserve moisture.

Water and fertilize:

Monitor soil moisture. Once established, water infrequently except during droughts. After pruning, feed with an all-purpose fertilizer, following label directions. Martha likes to feed lilacs 20 pounds of well-rotted manure mixed with a few cups of lime after pruning; she spreads the mix in a ring a foot away from the plant base.

Garden hint:

To prolong cut lilac flowers for arrangements and bouquets, cut the stems at a 45-degree angle using a sharp knife and place them in a bucket with just enough lukewarm water to cover the cut

The beautiful 'Adelaide Dunbar' bears sweetly fragrant double, purple flowers in spring. This lilac resists powdery mildew and grows to 12 feet tall with a spread of 10 feet. Zones 4 to 7.

Charles Joly Lilac (French Hybrid)  has dark purplish red, double flowers. Blooms mid-season.  Full flowering and true color reached in 2-3 years. Plants bloom best after cold winters. 10 to 15 foot bush.
Fritz Klager  has tight double light maroon blossoms. Early season bloomer and very hard to find. Very fragrant.
James McFarland Rosy-purple buds open to vibrant, true pink flowers in large pyramidal panicles. Mild fragrance. Blooms 2 weeks later than most lilacs. Grows to 8-10' tall x 6-8' wide.
Katherine Havemeyer Lilac (French Hybrid)
Double pink flowers. Full flowering and true immense, full double florets of mauve pink with lavender tones. Mid-season. One of the best lilacs, full color reached in 2-3 years. Plants bloom best after cold winters. Full sun (light shade in hottest areas). 10-15 ft. bush.
Ludwig Spaeth Lilac (French Hybrid)  Remains one of the best  dark purple lilacs available. It matures to 10-12 feet tall with a spread of 10 feet, making it a good choice for the shrub border zones 4 to 7. Bloom time mid-spring. Flowers are profuse single dark reddish to deep purple single flowers, Bloom size 8 in. The long-lasting blooms that keep their color and are very fragrant.
Madame Lemoine Lilac (French Hybrid) Gorgeous, full, and heavenly scented double snow white flowers. Full flowering and true color reached in 2-3 years. Plants bloom best after cold winters. Full sun (light shade in hottest areas) 10-15 ft. bush.
Michael Buckner Lilac (French Hybrid)
Lavender (lilac) single flowers. Full flowering and true color reached in 2-3 years. Plants bloom best after cold winters. 10-15 ft. bush.blooms mid-season.
Pocahontis  You can extend the lilac season with this extremely hardy, early blooming variety. Deep maroon-purple buds open to fragrant, deep violet blooms 7 to 10 days before common lilac varieties in early May.
President Lincoln Single, fragrant bluish florets. Mid-season bloomer. Grows to 10-12 feet.
President Grevy Lilac (French Hybrid)
Double blue flowers. Full flowering and true color reached in 2-3 years. Plants bloom best after cold winters. Full sun (light shade in hottest areas), alkaline soil, average water. 10-15 ft. bush. Old-fashioned, double blossom florets. A large, strong grower.
Sensation Lilac (French Hybrid)  10-15 ft. bush. An absolutely gorgeous lilac, this one will not be forgotten. Deep purple, single flowers that are edged in white is what this is all about. There are a few different colors of purple in this variety, some darker than others, all very beautiful. You really should have this for your garden. It is unlike any other lilac cultivar and it will create a sensation in your garden!
True Pink Another great single floret pink lilac. Very showy. Grows to about 8 feet.
Angel White Lilac (Descanso Hybrid)
Low chilling requirement - Adapted to Southern California. Large, showy clusters of pure white, fragrant flowers in spring. Full sun (light shade in hottest areas), alkaline soil. Open growth habit to12 feet high x 10 feet wide. Heavy bloomer, pure white single blossoms. Will set buds in warmer climates. Grows to 12 feet.


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