What type of Lilac is this?

Dena_abJune 13, 2013

Hi all, and thanks for your time.
We just bought a house and there are 3 of these lilac bushes in the yard. The bushes are about 10 feet tall and almost as wide They are very overgrown and not in great shape. I am hoping to find the specific type of lilac they are so I can read up on how to prune, care for them. thanks for your help
Dena

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ianna(Z5b)

Dena,It's hard to identify what kind of lilac as there are so many cultivars with similar looking flower colours. One of the largest collections of lilacs is managed by the University of Guelph here in Ontario. Perhaps you can make your inquiries directly with their staff.

Here is a link that might be useful: Lilac arboretum in Guleph,

    Bookmark   June 14, 2013 at 10:34AM
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Dena_ab

Thanks ianna :)

    Bookmark   June 14, 2013 at 1:50PM
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green_go

Judging by its leaves, it looks like Preston lilac. I have a white-flowering Preston lilac and just love it:

    Bookmark   June 17, 2013 at 10:24PM
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ontnative(5b Can/USDA 4)

It's possible you have the Preston lilac 'Nocturne'.

Here is a link that might be useful: Preston lilac 'Nocturne'

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 11:06AM
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bmiceli

It looks like it could be Syringa pubescens, syn. S. microphylla, common name Lilac 'Sperba'.

Here is a link that might be useful: RHS

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 7:34PM
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Dena_ab

Thank you all for taking the time to answer my question, very helpful :). thanks again

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 12:50PM
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