Tree Caring and Planting Information
Purple Lilac Tree / Shrub (Syringa Vulgaris)
All of our bare-root trees are shipped to you via the United States Priority Mail. The roots of all the trees will be wrapped in damp shredded paper to insure freshness. The trees are then placed in a plastic tube within a cardboard strong box for shipping. The tops of some trees have been intentionally cut back to encourage branching and to help the tree survive the transplant. All bare-root trees will need planted as quickly as possible. Even if it is still cold outside, plant your tree shortly after it arrives and water thoroughly and frequently. Dig a hole approximately twice the size of the tree's root. Fill the bottom half of the hole with topsoil and plant the tree in the top half with the base of the tree at the soil line or just below. Fill in the rest of the hole with topsoil and slightly tamp the soil around the tree. Mulch your tree with 2" of shredded hardwood bark to insulate the roots and prevent water from evaporating around the tree. Your newly transplanted tree will need a lot of care the first year. It is not uncommon for a newly planted tree to die back a little or even loose its first set of leaves the first year. Do not fertilize your tree the first year, but do give it plenty of water. Once your tree is established (after the first year), it will require little care.
The common purple Lilac is the best know species of all lilacs. Lilac trees/ shrubs are relatively fast growing deciduous trees / shrubs that are excellent for lawns, entryways, and mass planting. Perhaps the most popular of all blooming shrubs, a lilac has very large and fragrant flowers that make excellent cut flowers. Flowers colors can be red, purple, pink, white, blue, or lavender. A lilac will perform best where winters are freezing, but some varieties bloom with mild cold. Remove dead flowers just above where buds form. Prune lightly to control height and invigorate mature woody plants. A lilac can reach a mature height of 12’ - 15' and a width of 10’. A lilac trees / shrub prefers partial to full sun and alkaline soil. Watch for lilac leaf miner, scale and lilac borer. These deciduous trees / shrubs are hardy between zones 3-9.
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