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Apr 28, Fragrant, colorful lilacs are easy to grow in most regions. Whether your lilac is a shrub or a small tree, it will need to be regularly pruned in order to maintain a healthy shape and size. To prune lilacs, get to work in the spring: cut 75%(4). Prune out some of the suckers and remove any tangled branches or leggy limbs. Reduce by a third.

Over time and as the plant ages, the interior may become congested with a tangle of older limbs. Lilacs will bloom reliably for years with minimal care, but some older plants may become less productive. Dwarf lilacs rarely need pruning ‘Palibin’ Meyer lilac (Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’) and ‘Miss Kim’ Manchurian lilac (Syringa pubescens ssp.

patula ‘Miss Kim’) are both relatively small lilacs with a twiggy bushclear.buzz pruning other than deadheading is required on these types.

Pop is gone now, but we are reminded of him and his passion for gardening every spring when 'his' lilacs are in full bloom.

As the plants age, you can remove a few of the oldest stems to make room for younger, more vigorous stems. Jan 09, You can prune the entire plant back 6 to 8 inches from the ground. This is a very dramatic method and you won’t most likely not see blooms for 2 years but it works. Note: Check to see if your lilac has been grafted. Check the main trunk of the Lilac and see if there is a bump and difference in the bark.

That would be the graft union. Jul 19, Common lilac (Syringa vulgaris) thrives in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 3 to 7, and grows 6 to 20 feet tall and wide. When planted in an area with plenty of space, pruning lilacs.