Lilac Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Alta Loma, CA
Question by Nikki07967
April 22, 1998
I would like to know about a Lilac Tree. I live in Southern California, and I would like to plant a Lilac Tree but I dont know if it will be able to stay alive in this climate. Is it possible to plant a Lilac Tree in my area?


Image
Answer from NGA
April 22, 1998

0

The common lilac (Syringa vulgaris) will grow in your area, but may not bloom faithfully for you. Lilacs need a pronounced period of cold weather to bloom best, and yours is a mild winter area. You might try growing one of the Descanso Hybrids that have been developed to perform especially well in Southern California. "Lavender Lady", "Chiffon", and "Blue Skies" would all be good bets for your garden. Lilacs prefer to grow in full sunshine, in average soil, with regular watering during spring and summer. Once established, lilacs grow lush and full and may need annual pruning to keep them within bounds. Prune after flowering to allow the development of buds for next year's bloom. Lilacs are reliable shrubs in the landscape and can be trained into a tree shape by removing all but one main stem, and keeping the new shoots rubbed out before they become branches.

You must be signed in before you can post questions or answers. Click here to join!

« Return to the Garden Knowledgebase Homepage

Member Login:

Username:

Password:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by Whitebeard and is called "Delosperma cooperi"