The Q&A Archives: Will Lilacs grow in Hill Country Texas

Question: My husband and I are moving from Nevada to Texas. We love our Lilac bushes that my mother in law brought to Nevada from California. Will these grow in Texas or do we need to get new plants?

Answer: If your lilac is one of the Descanso hybrids (which I'm guessing it is if it came from California and is growing in Nevada), then it should grow in Texas. Descanso Hybrids, which have been developed to accept mild winters, should perform exceptionally well in the Lower South. Best known is 'Lavender Lady'; others include 'Blue Boy,' 'Blue Skies,' 'Chiffon' (lavender), 'Forrest K. Smith' (light lavender), 'Sylvan Beauty' (rose lavender), and 'White Angel.' S. patula 'Miss Kim' is heat tolerant and should do well but stays small for many years. However, its blooms - purple buds opening to very fragrant icy blue flowers - are outstanding. One species that is well adapted to Texas is Syringa laciniata, the cut-leaf lilac. It will grow to eight feet, with many small clusters of fragrant lilac-colored flowers. Best wishes with your move and with your lilacs!

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