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Changing colour of Lilac

nanjannanjan Posts: 6

Hi,I have 2 white lilacs in my garden.The lady who lived here before me swears that they used to be purple.Can lilac change colour over time? I would love them to be lilac again-is there anything I can do to the soil-it is heavy clay?Would appreciate any ideas,thank you.

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  • PalaisglidePalaisglide Posts: 3,414

    Nanjan, a new one on me and I grew up with large Lilac bushes still have some. They come in all colours from delicate pinks to every shade of purple mauve and lilac to white and even a red.

    There is one called Syringa Oleaceae "Isabella" with single Lilac flowers which are nearly white inside the flower and as the flowers go over the white shows more.

    At the moment I have in flower deep blue Lilac and a white, had them years and never  had a colour change, put it down to a mixed memory.

    Frank.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 62,384

    Lilacs are often grafted onto a rootstock, sometimes of lilac and sometimes privet is used.  However I thought that the lilac used as a rootstock is the common lilac colour, so if suckers had taken over the resulting flowers would be lilac not white.

    I suppose the flowers are lilac, not privet .................

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    Easy to tell the difference, lilac smells lovely. Privet smells dreadful

  • nanjannanjan Posts: 6

    Thanks for the replies all,my lilacs are definitely lilacs and not privet.Looks like the previous owner had a memory lapse!There are several other gardens with lilacs nearby,all shades of purple/blue.I'll just have to be content with being the odd one out!

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 62,384
    nutcutlet wrote (see)

    Easy to tell the difference, lilac smells lovely. Privet smells dreadful

    Says you - I love the smell of privet in bloom imageimage

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  • Scott EdwardsScott Edwards Posts: 227

    Good reason to buy another one!

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    I like the look of my purple lilac nanjan but I think the white has the best scent. 

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    Privet in flower attracts a huge number of butterflies.

  • nanjannanjan Posts: 6

    I also like the smell of privet in flower but having left a long privet hedge behind at my old place,I don't miss it one bit!My lilac does smell nice,nutcutlet.Tetley,good idea about the deep purple next to the white-there is room for one so might look into that.Thanks again everyone!

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 31,615

    Do you think she also just had the idea in her head that because it's called 'Lilac' it must be that colour?...image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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