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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
May 26, 2015 7:36 PM CST
I miss the Lilacs that grew 'back home'.
Lots of stores sell Lilacs here in zone 8a, 8b and 9; they happily take our money but forget to tell the plants to grow and thrive.
Which varieties have a chance to succeed here in the southeast? Anyone have any long-term luck in these zones?
Thanks
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Name: Jason
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
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riverman123
May 27, 2015 9:24 PM CST
I live in Seattle, and ive always had bad luck with them. despite being in the "north".
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
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abhege
May 29, 2015 7:27 AM CST
Greene, I have several I brought with me from MI and this year, the third year here, I got several blossoms. No name, just old fashioned, both white and lilac.
Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
May 29, 2015 8:30 AM CST
We can't grow lilacs here, but Vitex is a great substitute.
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
May 29, 2015 8:40 AM CST
Thank you, abhege. You give me some hope. Thumbs up

Thank you, for the suggestion porkpal. But it's the scent of the Lilac blooms that I am missing; Vitex just doesn't smell the same.
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
May 29, 2015 10:33 AM CST
You know, my mother grew lilacs where we lived in SoCal, and that area is labeled as zone 10b. Once in a great while we'd see a bloom, but that was because she had planted them to use as a living fence and kept them hacked back. The occasional blooms were white.
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
May 29, 2015 10:46 AM CST
Hey, woofie, maybe someone can hack off a piece or two and stick it in the mail. My address is..... Rolling on the floor laughing Just kidding.
I'll keep researching and hope to find a Lilac that will be happy in my humble garden.
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Name: woofie
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woofie
May 29, 2015 10:56 AM CST
Ha! Last time I looked at a satellite image of our old house, it looked like those darn things were still growing, over 50 years later! Actually, I find it hard to believe that the HOUSE is still there! Hilarious!
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
May 29, 2015 10:59 AM CST
I used Google Images to see a street view of my maternal grandmother's house. The pink Dogwood that my dad planted for his Mother-in-Law back in 1956 is still visible and growing good. Thumbs up
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Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
May 29, 2015 11:33 AM CST
Sigh, I just looked again, and looks like someone got rid of the lilacs in favor of a redwood fence. I hadn't looked for 3 or 4 years. They've repainted the house, too. Looks nice, tho.
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
May 29, 2015 1:04 PM CST
They call that 'progress'. Thumbs down
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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
May 29, 2015 1:18 PM CST
Found this: Lilac Trees That Can Be Grown in Zone 9

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/lilac-trees-can-grown-zone-9-29...

If it can do zone 9 then zone 8 must be good!
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Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
May 29, 2015 4:12 PM CST
Oh, good find, Anne! Thumbs up
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
May 29, 2015 8:06 PM CST
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Thank you, Xeramtheum.
That is a good shopping list. Rolling on the floor laughing I am eyeing about four on the list and will start checking availability. When I'm looking for something specific, if I give the names to my local independent nursery they try their best to order for me.
Thanks a bunch!
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"

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