Trees and Shrubs forum: What is wrong with my Lilac?

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Name: Terri Osipov
Rome, Georgia (Zone 7b)
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IJsbrandtGA
Jul 24, 2017 9:03 PM CST
I planted this lilac 2 years go. It had ll (foliated well and had one small flower cluster on it this spring which I assumed was normal b/c of its age and our warm winter. I fertilized it this spring. Now i can't understand what is making the leaves turn yellow around the ages. Can anyone help? Thank you!

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Name: Sue
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sooby
Jul 25, 2017 4:30 AM CST
Did it do the same thing last year or is it only since you fertilized it? What fertilizer did you use (analysis?). I'm assuming it was something granular applied to the soil? Do you recall if the problem started on the oldest leaves and then spread, or on all at roughly the same time?
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ViburnumValley
Jul 29, 2017 11:52 AM CST
Hi IJsbrandtGA:

I may not be able to answer your question at this point, but I'll note that you posted three pictures above - and only the third one is a picture of a Lilac. Looks like Syringa vulgaris, Common Lilac. If you know which species/cultivar it is, tell us that.

The first two images show a plant with alternate arrangement of simple leaves (which can't be Lilac, which has opposite arrangement of leaves), and that looks like a Prunus sp. of some sort.

Post some more images of your Lilac - whole plant, more images of tops/bottoms of leaves, etc. Tell us (or show us) more about the Lilac growing situation. Is it normal garden soil? How wet/dry? Any temperature extremes or other drastic climatic impacts? Any construction in its vicinity, either prior to or since it was planted?

Rome, GA is pretty far south to grow Common Lilac (if that is the species).
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Name: Terri Osipov
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IJsbrandtGA
Jul 31, 2017 9:06 AM CST
@sooby @vibirnumvalley

Please forgive my delay in responding. I have been very busy like everyone tending to the garden. I am a bit confused now that I have read both of your responses. I bought this plant from the Arbor Day Foundation and I've had a difficult time with tree identification and their system for doing so. Anyway I did see a blossom earlier this year and it did look like the Lilac blossoms I used to see in Massachusetts. I assume that's why it's not blooming now is because we have had such warm Winters?? I will go take more pictures for you today to see if you can help more. And yes, I used a granular fertilizer for trees and shrubs from Bayer. More soon! Terri
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Name: Terri Osipov
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IJsbrandtGA
Jul 31, 2017 9:08 AM CST
@viburnumvalley somehow i didnt get your I'D typed properly when I replied. Sighing!
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sooby
Jul 31, 2017 9:09 AM CST
John is right that the top two pictures are something different, I missed that while I was focusing on the third one. Could it be a weed shrub/sapling has got into the lilac?
Name: John
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ViburnumValley
Jul 31, 2017 8:26 PM CST
Or just another mislabeled plant from The Arbor Day Foundation...

Unfortunately, TADF is a great organization with a great mission - with terrible quality control. I'm not the first to say it, and this certainly isn't the first I would have witnessed it. These stories go back to when I first began participating on web forums (2003ish), and haven't gotten any better over the years.

Consider it good practice in plant ID. What's the challenge if everything is labeled correctly?

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Name: Terri Osipov
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IJsbrandtGA
Aug 3, 2017 9:20 AM CST
ViburnumValley said:Or just another mislabeled plant from The Arbor Day Foundation...

Unfortunately, TADF is a great organization with a great mission - with terrible quality control. I'm not the first to say it, and this certainly isn't the first I would have witnessed it. These stories go back to when I first began participating on web forums (2003ish), and haven't gotten any better over the years.

Consider it good practice in plant ID. What's the challenge if everything is labeled correctly?



How right you are! Who doesn't love a good mystery?! I am posting some more pictures of the tree in question now. I made sure to put my truck in the picture for size reference. The very last one is from TADF and also labelled as a lilac. Confused Confused
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Aug 3, 2017 11:26 AM CST
It looks like lilac. So does your third picture in the first post. But the two top pictures in your first post are a different plant. Note that lilac has opposite leaves (together in pairs on the stem), whereas the top two pictures show a plant with alternate leaves (singly at intervals).

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