SYRINGA tomentella

Commonly known as Lilac

Sweetly scented pale lilac-pink flowers which fade with age in terminal panicals
  • Deciduous
    Oval to ovate, dark green leaves to 15cm (6in) long, downy and lighter green beneath
  • Shades of pink
    All shades of pink through to Carmine (red)
    Lilac pink
  • Height
    4m (13ft)
  • Spread
    2.5m (8ft)
  • Tall Shrub
    Strongly growing, spreading shrub. Produces flowers in erect, terminal panicles to 20cm (8in) long
  • Hardy - cold winter
    Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
    Light, dappled shade

SYRINGA tomentella

 

 

  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Introduced to UK by EH Wilson in 1904. Will tolerate hard renovation pruning
    Pests & Diseases
    Leaf miners, thrips, lilac blight, honey fungus
    Place of origin
    China
  • Flower Shape
    Panicles
  • Garden Location/Conditions
    Border
    Suitable for a shrub border
    Coastal / windswept
    Slightly back from the sea with more shelter
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

  • Scented Plants
    Scented flowers
    Sweetly scented
  • Seasonal Interest
    Summer
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile moist well-drained soil
    Humus-rich
    Neutral to alkaline soil
  • Wildlife
    Bee friendly
    Rabbit Resistant
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4m (13ft)
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  2.5m (8ft)
 

Useful extras...

Fertilisers & Feeds - Vitax
Q4 Pelleted Fertiliser
A useful fertiliser suitable for use on a wide variety of plants. Q4 provides all the nutrients and trace elements essential for vigorous growth, abundant flowering and ripening of fruit.
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Afterplant - Grow Your Own
AFTER PLANT GROW YOUR OWN seaweed is ready to use liquid concentrate that was specially formulated be used on all edible plants.
Only £8.00

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Rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi
Recommended by the RHS. Contains Rootgrow™ mycorrhizal fungi. Suitable for all trees and shrubs (except rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers, cranberries and blueberries)
3 options from £3.00

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Rootgrow Ericoid mycorrhizal fungi
This specially adapted Rootgrow™ mycorrhizal fungi will boost the growth of acid-loving plants like rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers and blueberries. It contains ericoid and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, which are found in poor acidic soils where ericaceous plants naturally grow.
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All-purpose Seaweed Stimulant
All-purpose organic concentrated seaweed feed that is a ready to use, derived from sustainable harvested kelp, that can be used on all outdoor and indoor plants, except acid loving plants. Perfect used in conjunction with Rootgrow™.
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