Plant ID forum: What bush is this?

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mculik5
Apr 18, 2017 9:40 AM CST
Moved into a new house last August. Previous owners had this bush in a plastic bucket. It outgrew and cracked the bucket. Wondering what it is so that I can figure out what to do with it.

For what it's worth, the purple flowers are (at least now) very tiny. That picture is very close. The purple is about the size of a finger tip.

Thanks!

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Silversurfer
Apr 18, 2017 11:26 AM CST
Syringa vulgaris...common name Lilac.
Goodness it is huge...poor thing will not be happy in a bucket.

mculik5
Apr 18, 2017 12:14 PM CST
Thanks!

It has broken out of the bucket and started to put roots into the real soil, it seems. I need to poke around a bit and see what I can do to make it better.

Can I prune it? Anything special to note about caring for?
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plantladylin
Apr 18, 2017 2:51 PM CST
Hi mculik5, Welcome!

It does look like the lovely Lilac (Syringa vulgaris) blooms should be quite fragrant.
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Perthshire. SCOTLAND. UK
Region: United Kingdom Plant Identifier
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Silversurfer
Apr 18, 2017 3:28 PM CST
mculik5 said:Thanks!

It has broken out of the bucket and started to put roots into the real soil, it seems. I need to poke around a bit and see what I can do to make it better.

Can I prune it? Anything special to note about caring for?


Lilac sulk if pruned and take years to recover.
Try digging a big hole. Cut the bucket off ..using a saw if needs be.....and replant lilac in hole.
Firm in well.
Water well.
Keep it watered throughout the summer.
It may die...but a shrub that size cannot live much longer in a bucket.



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