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jashar99
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2011 10:06 pm    Post subject: Lilac Tree in trouble Reply with quote

I have 3 standard lilac tress, planted about 2months ago to replace 3 dead standard bay trees, they flowered beautifully, showed new growth at the base and also the top of the tree. However now they are not looking too good. any advice greatfully accepted.
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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2011 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Could that be damage from cold winds ? And I would like to see the grass removed around the base.........
I'm no expert but those leaves are not like the leaves I have on my one and only lilac, but if they have already flowered for you then they must be lilacs. What variety are they ?
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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2011 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree they don't look like lilac leaves. I wonder did you plant them in the same place as the dead bay trees. If so if the bay trees died they must have left something in the earth and your plants have taken it in.
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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2011 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

this is not a lilac tree. The problem could be that too much fertilizer was given or too much moss peat around the roots. I think the tree will recover in the next few weeks.
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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2011 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Were the flowers white if so that looks like a viburnham leaf on saying that it also looks like a Philadelthus. mock orange
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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2011 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its a canadian lilac, Syringa x prestoniae, pink flowers like in this link. http://www.plant-pictures.net/2-2848-syringa-x-prestoniae-picture.aspx

it may well be over fertilised especially with all the recent rain.
also it may be be wind damage, very windy in last week.

i'm heartened to read your optomistic outlook Michael

Thanks for taking the time to reply to my query, much appreciated
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