Florida Gardening forum: Lilac's in Orlando Florida

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bellydancer56
Jan 25, 2015 11:52 AM CST
Is it possible to grow lilac's in Orlando Florida? If so, what are the names or name of the particular lilac's? Lovey dubby
Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Jan 26, 2015 5:02 PM CST
I grew up in R.I., and absolutely loved the lilacs there. I don't know of any varieties that can hold up to our hot/humid/no 'real' cold conditions. Oh how I wish they could!
I'll be interested to see if maybe there are some other opinions on this, but IMHO, no, I don't believe they'd be successfully grown that/this far south. Sad
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 26, 2015 7:44 PM CST
Unfortunately Lilac's don't grow in Florida ... not cold enough in winter and way too hot the rest of the year but they sure are beautiful!
Lilac (Syringa pubescens subsp. pubescens)
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Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)
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dyzzypyxxy
Jan 26, 2015 10:06 PM CST
I agree Lilacs need a longer, colder winter chill than we ever get here in Florida.

You can find some wonderful shrubs that will give you as much pleasure as lilacs, though. Try the Plant and Garden Festival at Epcot to do your research and see what you like. I think it's in March. Many of them will bloom for months, instead of just a few weeks like the lilacs do.

Lots of people move here and try to grow all the things they grew up north. It's a big mistake, don't fight the climate, embrace it. Grow things that do well here and enjoy all the new and different things that will grow here that don't grow up north.
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Ecscuba
Jan 27, 2015 2:10 AM CST
@bellydancer56 Congratulations on your first post ! Hurray!
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orchidgal
Jan 28, 2015 10:13 PM CST
No lilacs unfortunately; but you can get stunning flowers on the various Crepe Myrtles. They don't have a fragrance; but the flowers make up for it.
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qwilter
Feb 21, 2015 5:37 AM CST
There is a native, white lilac that does grow up here in N FL. I don't know the name but a couple of my friends have them growing. Not the strong scent of the northern lilac. More a vine than a shrub.
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