This magical Chinese lilac

A modest bush plant called lilac has become very widespread and great universal love in our country. Tiny lilac flowers with a gorgeous intoxicating scent delight people in spring, filling the air with an intoxicating sense of summer anticipation.


  • Chinese lilac
  • Location and conditions for growing
  • Bush care
  • Some interesting things about lilacs

Chinese lilac

Lilac is the only ornamental shrub that is not only cultivated to this day, but also has more than 30 species in its family. This wonderful plant got its name from the Latin word "syringa", which means a tube, because the flowers of this shrub are very similar in shape to tiny tubes.

However, there is another version, according to which the name of these marvelous flowers was given in honor of the nymph Syringa, who was turned into a reed. It was from this reed that the forest god Pan made the "syrinx" pipe.

One of the representatives of the lilac is the Chinese lilac. Surprisingly, it was discovered not in China, as one might think from the name, but in France. It is a natural hybrid, the characteristic feature of which is that the inflorescence is formed from several lateral buds. At the same time, the color is unusually lush and beautiful, which is striking, given that the size of the bush barely reaches 3 m.

Location and conditions for growing

  1. Chinese lilac does not differ in whimsical conditions for growth, but most of all it loves loamy, alkaline and fresh soils.
  2. The bush is very frost-tolerant, which makes it possible to grow it in our climate. Chinese lilac tolerates urban climate, wind and winter quarters well, which is surprising, given its gracefulness and fragility in appearance.
  3. However, the shrub loves good lighting and good watering.
  4. It is best to irrigate the plant during flowering often, and in summer only on especially hot days.


The most suitable period for planting shrubs is from mid-June to September. If you plant at a different time, then the plant does not take root well, and for the first couple of years it does not give growth. If several bushes are planted at once, then a distance of 2-3 meters should be observed between them for better development of the root system.

Planting pits for Chinese lilacs should be 50 * 50 * 50 cm in size.If the soil is not fertile or more sandy than the plant requires, then the dimensions are increased to 100 * 100 * 100 cm.In this case, the bottom of the pit is filled with a mixture to feed the bush, consisting of mostly from compost, humus, wood ash and superphosphate.

The latter component is necessary to acidify too alkaline soils, and when using it, it is desirable to double the amount of wood ash. The edges of the pit should be steep, as required by the planting conditions for this type of plant.

It is advisable to land directly in the evening or cloudy weather. In this case, diseased processes should be removed from the root system, or, if there are none, the roots should be ordered by cutting them. The bush is set clearly in the center, then the substrate is evenly poured and the lilacs are buried.

Bush care

  1. After planting, the plant must be watered abundantly with water. When all the water is absorbed, you need to sprinkle the planting site with ripe leaves, peat or humus.
  2. The first few years of the growth of Chinese lilacs, fertilizer under the bush can be omitted. However, it is possible to "feed" the soil with nitrogen as early as the second year after planting. Organic fertilizers are considered more favorable for the development and growth of a plant. It is best to loosen the soil under the bush 3-4 times per season.
  3. In order for the bush to please with abundant flowering and a beautiful appearance, it must be systematically pruned. But it is worth remembering that the first 2-3 years after planting, the Chinese lilac grows weakly and only adapts to the new environment, therefore it does not need pruning yet. But already for 3-4 years, a dense skeleton of 8-10 strong branches is formed in lilacs, which forms the basis of the entire bush.
  4. In the spring, before flowering, it is necessary to find 5-10 of the strongest branches, in addition to them, all side branches are cut off. Thinning and sanitary pruning of shrubs should be done in early spring, so as not to disturb the tree and not disturb the beauty of flowering. However, if urgently needed, branches can be pruned even during the growing season.

To make bouquets, it is useful to cut up to 2-3 shoots. This stimulates the color of the rest of the flowers and even provokes the release of a new color. The bouquet itself costs longer if you cut it off in the early morning and split the end of the branch.

It must be remembered that young seedlings need protection in winter, so they need to be covered with peat and dry foliage with a layer of up to 10 cm.

Chinese lilacs are propagated by layering, cuttings or grafting.

Some interesting things about lilacs

  1. Did you know that this insanely beautiful and lush bush with an intoxicating aroma belongs to the Olive family? And in England, a bouquet of lilacs is given as a sign of refusal to an unlucky groom. In the countries of the East, lilac generally means parting, which does not at all fit with our perception of this plant.
  2. In astrology, this beautiful flower is tied to the sign of Taurus. And he himself and the shoots of this bush are even depicted on the coat of arms of one of the cities of Latvia, Sigurda.
  3. The popularity of lilacs is also proved by the fact that despite the early age of the shrub (only about five centuries), it already has many more species than other ornamental shrubs. In terms of popularity, in terms of the number of species, lilac is second only to roses and rhododendrons.
  4. There are also several signs associated with lilacs. For example, if you find a flower with five or more petals, it bodes well. There is also a version that when such a flower is found, you need to eat it and make a wish, which will certainly come true. If a three-petal flower is found, then you need to get rid of it as soon as possible, since it can just bring discord and trouble.

Chinese lilac, of course, is a very beautiful shrub that can delight not only as a bouquet at home, filling the entire living space with a special, already full-fledged spring atmosphere. This shrub still looks great in summer cottages and as a hedge. This is probably what explains the great popularity of this shrub in many countries.

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