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Katherine Havemeyer Lilac Tree (Syringa vulgaris 'Katherine Havemeyer')
A popular small lilac tree/shrub that has large dense bunches of highly fragrant double, purple-lavender flowers in May fading to pale lilac in mid summer. They fade a bit more after that but a lot of people call that dead, we prefer the term "heavily restricted life".
You may not have seen the awards given to it on the BBC but take it from us, the RHS loved it so much, they gave it an AGM (Award Of Garden Merit)
This particular Lilac tree is considered chalk tolerant so if you happen to leave it in teachers stationary supply cupboard for a while, it won't be picking a fight with the black board writing sticks. In fact we would go a bit further than chalk tolerant and actually say it thrives in chalk.
For best results make friends with a Syringa expert and/or plant in full sun. It will do well in fertile, hummus rich, well drained and alkaline to neural soils.
Maintenance pruning is advised to remove all dead, diseased and crossing over branches as is a light prune to encourage new growth. Other forms of encouragement such as clapping and shouting "COME ON, DIG DEEP, PUSH THEM FLOWERS OUT" is not as effective as the previously mentioned light pruning.
A small height tree/shrub, so expect a height of around 4 metres (13 foot) after 10 years. If you are particularly tall or spend a lot of time on a step ladder you may think it has not grown as much as you wanted. Equally, if you are height challenged then you may think you have purchased a Syringa Monster and received exceptional value for money. So if you are a bit of a short arse, we definitely want a customer testimonial from you.
This tree/shrub is supplied at a height of 50-120cm in a 5-12 litre container for year round planting and better results than from either bare-root or rootballed stock. The size range is a little broad because it depends when in the year your purchased it, what the weather has been like and if we have had a recent episode of pruning misunderstandings.
If we are sold out of Katherine Havemeyer Syringa Lilac trees then the Charles Jolly is very similar but a slightly darker purple and the Sensation Lilac tree is almost identical in colour.
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See What Our Customers Are Saying About Our Katherine Havemeyer Lilac Tree
Tree received in good order & reasonable time. Planted in accordance with useful instructions & so far (7 days later) has not yet keeled over. Not the cheapest tree I've bought recently but hopefully may be the best, ask me again in a couple of years ! Regards Alan D 1014
Multiple Order Discount
Orders over £450 for 150cm+ trees might be discounted by contacting us
Ornamental Tree Roots In The Shade e.g. Behind A Fence
It is more important that that foliage (posh term for leaves) receives the sunlight than the roots. So if the canopy of your ornamental tree can sunbathe but the bottom of your tree thinks there has been a nuclear winter then that is ok. You might want to ensure you have good drainage as water and no sun is the start of algae and other such issues.
Early Autumn Leaf Fall
Heat stress, being potted, lack of water, being boxed up for a few days etc can cause early Autumn leaf fall. Once planted, normal service will resume next season.
Do I Need To Stake My Ornamental Tree?
9 out of 10 times the answer will be no, especially if under 200cm tall. However our article on Tree Staking should help guide you.
UK Grown Ornamental Trees
All our trees are banned from overseas travel so that we can state they are all UK grown. We have removed Internet access from the nursery so they cannot book any flights.
Warm and wet conditions from Climate Change have increased aesthetic foliage issues such as Powdery Mildew, Shothole, Rust etc These are not terminal issues and will usually last a season. All trees are inspected before being sent out to ensure they are fundamentally healthy.
Planting In The Corner Of A Garden
Air and light is reduced in this location which could promote fungus and bacterial issues. If the corner is of the house and a fence then you also have leeching issues to contend with from cement and wood preservatives. Also when it rains, that area would experience higher water levels so we advise against it unless the plant is very hardy.
Mature Tree Warranty
Once a tree is over 3 years old, the failure rate is considerably less and our Tree Warranty does not cover it at 100%. Please check details.
Multi-Stem Syringa (Lilac) Trees
Most Syringa from Trees Online will be multi-stem or shrub like unless otherwise stated. If it is important to you, please state at checkout which is your preference.
Grafted Syringa (Lilac) Trees
All Syringa (Lilac) trees, have been grafted to produce a better tree in terms of vigour and earlier flowering. The rootstock used is a special selection (S. tomentella) which reduces suckering to a minimum. S. vulgaris is not used as a rootstock for this reason.