Ornamental / shade tree - Knowledgebase Question

cheektowaga, Ne
Question by lmalobec
May 17, 2010
is a japenese lilac tree a good choice for a full sun, upstate ny back yard? how do i take care of it the first year? is it suseptible to diseases and pests? how and when do i prune it?

Answer from NGA
May 17, 2010


A Japanese Lilac Tree is hardy to zone 3, grows best in full sunshine and well drained soils and becomes drought tolerant as it matures. Powdery mildew can be a problem but is rarely fatal to the tree. Keeping your tree well watered and fed annually will help it avoid disease problems. You can prune a lilac tree after it has finished flowering to keep it compact and encourage more flowers the following spring. I think it's a good choice as a landscape or street tree.

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