Lilac's and sun - Knowledgebase Question

Perris, Ca
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Question by mello1496
January 3, 2011
I really would love to add Lilac's to my garden. The only area that is open is right behind my house where there is only shade. We live in an area (zone 8, Perris, Ca) where during the summer the average high temperature is over 100 degrees. Given the high temperatures during the summer, will I be able to successfully grow Lilac's?

Answer from NGA
January 3, 2011
Lilacs need at least 8 hours of sun each day in order to develop flowers. And, without adequate sunshine they are prone to diseases problems. If you want a flowering shrub for a shady area, try California Sweetshrub (Calycanthus occidentalis). While not exactly lilac-like, it will grow well in your gardening region. Enjoy your garden!

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