The Q&A Archives: Lilac Bushes in Phoenix

Question: Will a lilac bush grow in Phoenix, AZ? I've seen some in yards but not very many plus have been unable to find them in the local nurseries.

Answer: Lilacs will grow in the alkaline soil in your region, but will not be a dependable performer. Lilacs need a pronounced winter chill to produce flowers. There are a few hybrids developed by Descanso Gardens that will bloom without a winter chill. Ask your local nursery about ordering 'Lavender Lady', 'Blue Skies' or 'Forrest K. Smith'.

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