Do Japanese Tree liacs do well in zone 3?

redpeonyFebruary 16, 2009

I am looking to fill a space in my yard with an ornamental tree that is not too wide. I am considering either a Japanese Tree Lilac or columnar crabapple. I am looking for comments on either of these trees, or suggestions for something better. I would like some thing that flowers if possible, and I already have 2 columnar mountain ash trees in my back yard.

I searched the previous posts here for Japanese tree lilacs, and I could only find one that Shazam said he/she has one here in Calgary - so I am very interested in any feedback in terms of how this tree does here since I want something that will survive.

This spot in my yard is only open since I had to cut down a 15 foot sensation maple tree that was decimated in a wind storm last summer. That tree was very full and lush, but 1/4 of the tree came down last summer. A large branch ripped away and opened the tree up all the way into the center of the trunk so the trunk was down to half the diameter in that spot then it was before. It looked really top heavy, with not a lot of support under the main canopy, and I was not willing to have the top of the tree come down into my neighbors yard, so we cut it down. It was extremely frustrating because it was just at a beautiful size that I could enjoy it. In fact I had a few neighbors also unhappy with me, but I asked them if the tree was in their yard would they be willing to let it stay and wait to see if/when it would fall? They all agreed that they would have taken it down too, but I am sure they will all look this year to see what I replace it with!

Any feeback would be appreciated.

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Yup, they grow fine here. Mine's doing good after all these years.

They don't get too big either, which is nice if you're short of space.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2009 at 4:35PM
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Thanks! That was just what I wanted to hear.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2009 at 8:38PM
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leftwood(z4a MN)

Even though cultivars like Ivory Silk will bloom more, I prefer seed grown ones. They will have looser growth and the horizontal branch pattern will be more pronounced, but the tree shouldn't grow any wider. One of my trees tends to flower profusely every other year, with the inbetween seasons still producing flowers, but markedly.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2009 at 5:30PM
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Haven't been on here for ages! Nice to read you all again. I have both a columnar crab and a Japanese Tree Lilac. I'm thinking of moving my JTL this year because I think it's too close to my evergreens. It hasn't been performing well at all. And the crab was actually a mistake - as I'd wanted a regular one. I didn't notice it's growth pattern until it was too late. Both are spectacular though, for small areas. It's just I've got big areas to fill.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2009 at 3:32PM
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The Ivory silk cultivar grows exceptionnally well here (zone 2). It is the new fashion, and you can see one of them almost every two houses... The oldest ones I've seen are 10 years old though, most of them are around 5 years old or less. They were not very well known before that.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2009 at 10:52AM
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We have the Ivory Silk Japanese Tree Lilac in our zone 2b yard. It was a well established mature tree before we bought our acreage 14 years ago. We love it! It is definitely 15'-20' tall.

This summer I will have to find a bright yet cloudy day to take a better picture of the tree. Here is the one from last summer, taken on a sunny day.


    Bookmark   March 26, 2009 at 9:47AM
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explorer_mb(z1b MB Canada)

Very nice Brenda...

I have had one here too for quite afew years... though it only really started to flower nicely last year... after at least 8 to 10 years... it's nowhere near the size of yours... only aound 12 feet high and 5 feet wide.... they do have a lovely fragrance... but, I can only get a good view of it from my neighbour's side... it is lovely...


    Bookmark   June 7, 2009 at 2:00AM
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jetred(3 Mb)

I've had two for 25 years, and one for ten years and they are doing very well, other than a bit of suckering.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2009 at 8:37PM
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I have this tree as well, don't have many blooms though. When and how long does it bloom for. I was also wondering when and how to prune.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2009 at 7:32AM
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