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Syringa x josiflexa 'Bellicent

Syringa x josiflexa 'Bellicent'

With a very attractive growth habit Syringa x josiflexa 'Bellicent' is one of the more uncommon lilacs.

It flowers a little later in the season than Syringa vulgaris, adding to the fragrance available in spring.

Flowers are single and a nice clear pink, fragrant with a slight cinnamon overtone

Originally from Canada this is a small to medium deciduous shrub with attractive deep green foliage. Flowers are rather loose and informal, giving the plant a relaxed look.

Quick Facts

  • Botanical Name - Syringa x josiflexa 'Bellicent'
  • Common Name - Syringa x josiflexa 'Bellicent'
  • Height - 6ft to12ft
  • Spread 8 - 12 ft
  • Sun / Shade - Full sun
  • Moisture - A humus rich moisture retentive soil is best. However good drainage is essential, no water logged soils.

USDA Zones 3 - 7.

 

Varieties

Syringa x josiflexa 'Bellicent' flower close up

Pruning

Lilacs are easily pruned and can be hard pruned back to 1/3rd of the height each year. They can also be trained as standards if required.

Older plants can be regenerated by cutting back hard, best done 1/3 at a time. Remove 1/3 of the oldest canes the first year, along with any thin spindly growth. The next year remove the second 1/3 and again any canes that show weak growth. Complete this in the third year.

You can prune the whole plant hard in one year, however this will mean no flowers for a few years.

Problems - Diseases

Lilacs are relatively pest and disease free, aphids can be a minor problem, as can powdery mildew, but these are easily treated.

  • No flowers
    Usually due to over fertilization which causes vegetative growth rather than flowers. Also caused by to much shade which can inhibit flower formation. Also caused by pruning incorrectly.
    As lilacs flower on old wood, last seasons growth, if you prune in fall you will be removing the next lot of flowers buds, so prune just after flowering.

  • Lilac Root systems
    Lilacs have a reasonably vigorous root system and should be planted away from drainage lines.

Lilac Trees are available for sale from the following specialist nurseries.

BIG DIPPER FARM - Phone 360.886.8133
26130 SE Green Valley Rd Black Diamond, WA 98010