Love Lilacs but want to take your garden to the next level? Then you need an expertly grafted tree-form Lilac!
Lilac Trees have fragrant panicles of tiny trumpet-shaped florets, just like their bushy cousins, and will lure in pollinators and admirers to bask in their scent from all around! Arriving in the spring, these perfumed fluffy flowers are a highly anticipated show! The blooms of Lilac Trees generally appear after those of Lilac bushes and will last about the same length of time.
Backed by a flush of soft green foliage that looks great long after the flowers fade, Lilac Trees are something special indeed!
Grafted onto a straight, sturdy 2-5 foot tall trunk referred to as the 'Standard'. The Lilac bush that is grafted to the top is called the 'Scion'. This creates a 'lollypop' type of accent that adds elegance, fragrance, and glorious spring beauty to your landscape like nothing else can!
Varieties of Lilac Tree-Forms popular with Nature Hills customers include:
- Tinkerbell Lilac Tree - Dwarf with wine-red buds open to bright pink with a spicy scent. This dwarf size from the Fairytale® series works well in containers.
- Bloomerang® Lilac Tree - Purple flowers appear repeatedly in spring, summer and early autumn. Blooms on old and new wood, so pruning is not necessary.
- Miss Kim Lilac Tree - Three seasons of color: Lavender-colored flowers bloom a bit later in spring than other Lilacs. Foliage remains deep green all summer, then turns red in autumn.
Special Care & Planting For Lilac Trees
Lilac Trees should be protected from windy sites, low spots that collect cold air, as well as mower/weed eater damage. This is because Lilac trees take a fairly long time to recover. The wood of Lilac Trees is softer than that of other deciduous trees, which means it can sustain damage more easily than its heartier cousins.
Plant your Lilac tree in a location of full sunlight, just like all other Lilacs. Plant in enriched deep soil that has very good drainage. Lilacs grow best in slightly alkaline soil. Provide a 3-4 inch thick layer of mulch that extends 2-3 feet from the trunk for extra protection. Especially when planted in a lawn to protect your tree trunk from damage.
Avoid getting high-nitrogen lawn fertilizers near your Lilac Tree's root system as this can cause excessive leafy growth and no flowers. Instead, use a mulch buffer zone when planted in lawns and fertilize in the spring with a flowering shrub fertilizer. Learn more about reasons a Lilac isn't blooming here.
When pruning Lilac Trees, it is important not to remove too much from the head or scion, as this will likely reduce the flower output the following year. Remember that it is very important to only prune immediately after flowering because Lilacs bloom on old wood.
Lilac Trees for a Lifetime of Beauty!
When cared for properly and given the proper growing conditions, a Lilac Tree can easily survive for years!
For all your landscaping needs, cut flower bouquets, pollinators, and curb appeal, choose a Tree-Form Lilac from Nature Hills today!
Nature Hills Nursery offers a guarantee for your Lilac tree's first year. We're committed to bringing the highest-quality trees, bushes, and plants right to your door! Contact our onsite plant experts with any questions about planting or caring for your Tree-Form Lilac!