This compact Lilac looks lovely in tree form. It happily accepts pruning if youre aiming for a formal display. Use it to create a focal point in containers or sunny borders. Shipped as 4' bareroot tree. 'Bailbelle' PP 12,294
Lilacs are essential spring-flowering shrubs. They offer dense heads of lavender-blue (better known as "lilac"), deep purple, white, or wine red flowers with a strong, sweet fragrance that is, for many of us, inextricably intertwined with memories of spring visits to Grandmothers house. Most Lilacs prefer full sun and neutral to slightly alkaline soil. For reliable bloom and sweet fragrance, generally around Memorial Day, these sturdy shrubs are in a class by themselves. (Please note: Lilacs will not endure desert heat.)
For more information on growing growing Syringa Tree Form, click on Growing Guide.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
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Our tree forms are perfectly hardy when grown in the ground, but we recommend that you provide winter protection until plants are well established, which takes 2–3 years. In late fall, lightly wrap the head of the tree with burlap and fill the burlap with straw. Remove the burlap and straw in spring.
GROWING TREE FORMS
Planting: When you're ready to plant your bareroot tree, fill a 5-gallon bucket, or equivalent container, with water to soak the roots of your plants for an hour or so before they go in the ground or into a container. Unwrap your plant, remove the packing material, and place its roots in the water.
If planting in the ground, dig a hole wide and deep enough to accommodate the roots. Remove your tree from the water and plant the crown at the depth indicated on the plant label, arranging the roots evenly inside the hole. Holding the crown of the plant, push the soil into the hole, working soil around the roots. Firm the soil around the crown, pressing down with both hands. Water thoroughly to settle the soil.
If planting in a container, choose one that is 14-16" in diameter and use good-quality potting soil. Place the container outdoors for the growing season. Plants in containers dry out more quickly than plants in the ground, so it’s important to water your plants regularly.
To keep your tree standing, put it out of reach of strong winds and support it with a stake that has a diameter at least as large as the stem’s diameter and long enough that when pushed into the soil it reaches inside the head of the tree. Fasten the standard to the stake at several points with garden twine or green plastic tie tape looped in a figure eight around the stem and stake. Check the ties periodically during the growing season. Loosen them if they constrict the outward growth of the stem.
Pruning, Fertilizing, and Repotting: Maintain the shape of the head with selective pinching of the new shoots shortly after flowering. Pinch each shoot between thumb and forefinger or cut with pruning shears. Do not shear the plant as though it were a hedge. Fertilize tree forms grown in pots as you would other pot-grown plants by using a balanced, time-release fertilizer.
If you find that your tree in a container starts to dry out quickly after watering, the plant probably needs a larger pot. Lift it from its current pot, make four deep vertical cuts in the root ball, and place it in a new pot that is 2″ wider and taller than the old one, filling in around the root ball with fresh potting mix. Water thoroughly after repotting.
Wintering Over: Our tree forms are perfectly hardy when grown in the ground, but we recommend that you provide winter protection until plants are well established, which takes 2–3 years. In late fall, lightly wrap the head of the tree with burlap and fill the burlap with straw. Remove the burlap and straw in spring.
For tree forms grown in containers in colder climates (Zones 4, 5, and 6), you can overwinter plants in their containers by storing them in a sheltered, unheated area, such as a garage or shed, where temperatures range between 25 and 40°F. Check the potting mix occasionally for moisture, and water as needed. In warmer climates where freeze-thaw cycles occur, store plants on a protected porch. Where freezing is not a concern, plants can remain outdoors in containers and enjoyed year round.