This is a Syringa vulgaris sapling from last year. It was cut in October from a shrub/ tree after it was badly damaged by a storm. It actually survived the winter neglected in an old pot, outside. This Winter we had up tp -20°C! Just sayin’. I’m surprised that although the branch was as thick as my thumb, it actually sprouted. Amazing!
general information – common lilac:
- decorative shrub up to 5 m, heart shaped leaves, conically arranged fragrant flowers from purple to white to dark red, fast growing mostly upright, sprouts from root if not contained
- most suitable specimen : Syringa patula – Korean lilac; Syringa chinensis mutabilis – Chinese lilac; Syringa Meyeri Palibin – dwarf-lilac (I have now a branch of this specimen- I’ll try to get them to sprout, wish me luck)
- fully sun to light shade; frost resistant up to -10°C
- repotting every 2-3 years, it helps to keep them potbound to reduce leaf size.
- shaping: cutting after flowering (if you want flower buds the next year) – wiring: be careful, old branches aren’t elastic anymore and break easily
- soil – no special needs as far as I know, here in Europe they grow everywhere
- watering: in full sun gets thirsty, besides that no other problems I noticed
- fertilizer: from April- July
– this tree was shaped by Walter Pall. You can see samples of his work here: X