Finally, if you want your lilac to fill in more and become shrubbier.
Jun 26, Timing is the Decisive Factor in Pruning Lilacs. If you want to have your blooms next year, it is crucial to prune in those first few weeks after blooming ends. Ideally, this is when you would do maintenance pruning each year.
But I get so lazy busy, I end up with a ten foot bush Estimated Reading Time: 4 mins. Jun 10, If the trunks are very thick, you may need a saw. Cut each branch back by 1/3 to 1/2. The lilac will grow back, but it'll take a season or two. If you discovered that your plant was grafted, be sure not to cut Views: K. Aug 27, There are many great plants including resistant lilacs that could be good replacements. You can find some of them in the Plant Elements of Design plant database.
Is the lilac at the end of its life? Lilacs are relatively long-lived plants (25 years to 50+ years) depending on how they have been cared for and their growing shrublopping.clubg: Denver NC. The plant that most of us identify as a lilac is the common lilac, Syringa vulgaris.
Some varieties of common lilac will do pretty well in the North Carolina mountains. Unfortunately, these lilacs do not like the heat they encounter in the warmer parts of our state.