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Syringa vulgaris 'Vestale'
  • RHS AGM

lilac 'Vestale'

A bushy small deciduous tree with mid-green, heart-shaped leaves and broad, compact trusses of fragrant, single white flowers

Size
Ultimate height
4–8 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
2.5–4 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring White Green
Summer White Green
Autumn Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or East–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Oleaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Syringa can be deciduous shrubs or trees, with simple, entire or rarely pinnate leaves and conical panicles of small, very fragrant, 4-lobed tubular flowers in late spring or early summer

Name status

Accepted

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How to grow

Cultivation

Tolerant of a range of conditions but grows best in moist but well-drained neutral to alkaline soil in full sun

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings in late spring, layering in spring, grafting in winter or chip budding in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Coastal
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Pruning group 1; tolerant of hard renovation pruning

Pests

May be damaged by lilac leaf-mining moth and privet thrips

Diseases

May be affected by lilac blight, honey fungus, fungal leaf spot, powdery mildews and silver leaf disease

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