I have always loved lilacs. The type that grew large and tall. So when we were planting our landscape for our home, we were delighted to find these and purchased 3 of them. The first season they blossomed, just okay. Ever since, (4 yrs later) they get bushy, with very few blossoms and they dry up in a few days-week. We are so disappointed. Does anyone know what we can do to prevent all the stem and leave growth and encourage more blossoms?
Bloomerang® Purple Reblooming Lilac Syringa x
This variety is no longer available from Proven Winners®. Alternatives include: Bloomerang® Dark Purple.
Don't settle for lilacs that bloom just once a year - get Bloomerang® lilac and enjoy months of blooms instead of just weeks.
Bloomerang Purple lilac is the original reblooming lilac. It blooms in spring along with other lilacs, takes a brief rest to put on new growth, then blooms again from mid-summer through fall. A bit smaller than other lilacs, Bloomerang also has a nice, rounded shape that looks great anywhere you plant it in the landscape. Star-like flowers are a beautiful shade of classic lilac purple and are sweetly scented.
Bloomerang lilacs are also noted for their exceptional disease resistance - no worries about ugly white or brown foliage to spoil the floral show. And like other lilacs, it is sun-loving and deer resistant, so it makes an easy care choice for years of beauty.
Top reasons to grow Bloomerang lilac:
- It's reblooming! It doesn't only bloom once in spring - it also blooms summer through fall.
- Disease resistant. Doesn't get ugly from fungus and bacteria like older lilacs can.
- Neat, rounded shape looks good in the landscape or garden.Fragrant FlowerContinuous Bloom or RebloomerFall InterestAttracts:ButterfliesResists:Deer
CharacteristicsPlant Type:ShrubShrub Type:DeciduousHeight Category:MediumGarden Height:48 - 60 InchesSpacing:60 - 72 InchesSpread:48 - 60 InchesFlower Colors:PurpleFlower Shade:LavenderFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:GreenHabit:MoundedContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Sun
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).Maintenance Category:ModerateBlooms On:New WoodBlooms On:Old WoodBloom Time:Early SummerBloom Time:Mid SummerBloom Time:Late SummerBloom Time:Early FallBloom Time:Mid FallBloom Time:Mid SpringBloom Time:Late SpringHardiness Zones:3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7bWater Category:AverageNeeds Good DrainageUses:Border PlantUses:ContainerUses:Cut FlowerUses:LandscapeUses:Mass PlantingUses Notes:
A classic addition to foundation plantings and mixed borders. Bloomerang lilac is also a popular choice for planting in decorative containers - learn more here.Maintenance Notes:
Plant only in full sun and well-drained soil; lilacs cannot tolerate soggy, wet conditions.
The rebloom of Bloomerang lilac occurs on the new growth the plant creates after its spring bloom. For the best rebloom, it's vital that the plant grows vigorously during late spring and early summer. Do this by keeping it well-watered and mulched and in plenty of sun (six hours a day at least). If you wish to fertilize it, you may do so in early spring, once the ground has thawed, and again in late spring, after it blooms.
If you want to prune Bloomerang lilac, do so immediately after its spring bloom. Never cut it back in fall, winter, or early spring - doing so will remove the spring flower buds. It is not necessary to prune Bloomerang lilac in order for it to rebloom. However, giving it a light trim after blooming does remove the developing seed heads (they look like green bananas, and some people don't care for the way they look on the plant), providing a neater look, and encourages more new growth for reblooming. Trimming after blooming will delay the rebloom by a few weeks compared to an untrimmed Bloomerang lilac.
Like nearly all lilacs, Bloomerang lilac actually requires a period of cold weather in order to bloom well. This is why lilacs are not typically suited to warmer climates. However, they are very, very cold tolerant and thrive in climates as cold as USDA zone 3.Fun Facts:
The botanical name of lilac, Syringa (suh-RIN-gah), is from the Greek word syrinx, which means tube. This is because the stems of lilac contain a spongy pith which can be remove, leaving a hollow tube that has traditionally been used to create pan-pipes.Bloomerang® Purple Syringa x 'Penda' USPP 20,575, Can 4,071
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Nannyberry, Wisconsin, United States, 13 weeks ago
I planted 3 Reblooming Boomerang lilac in dark purple 5 year ago. They have grown quite large but rarely bloom and when they do manage to bloom the blooms are very small and there is barely any lilac fragrance. They are in full sun all day long so I don't think that is contributing to the lack of blooms. It could be the soil or a number of other factors. My main gripe with this lilac is the blooms are small and it is very sparse so it looks nothing like the picture and there is barely any fragrance. Maybe the weather is too warm now to get good blooms.Deena, Ohio, United States, 1 year ago
I bought 5 last year. They bloomed in Spring. I pruned and fed but not other blooming and very little growth. I called PW to inquire about this and can’t even get thru. I also asked Home Depot staff when a PW rep wouldn’t be around and they said they never are.Anita Martin, Minnesota, United States, 1 year ago
Anita Martin, Minnesota, United States, 1 year ago
We planted 2 small Bloomerang Lilacs 3 or 4 years ago in an “island” in our lawn where we had to have a tree removed. I could not be more thrilled with this lilac. It’s spring bloom each year has been even more beautiful and showy than the last. The two have grown together as I hoped they would. After the initial year of careful watering, they have required no additional care. I have fertilized once per year. Starting the 2nd full year, they do re-bloom 2-3 times per year, although not in the showy way they initially bloom. Just gorgeous and so thrilled with our purchase.C from Virginia, Virginia, United States, 1 year ago
We absolutely love this Bloomerang Lilac! We planted it about 7 years ago on the Northwest side of our property against the corner of our farmers porch. It has grown so massive and we are thrilled with the hundreds of blooms in mid spring and right now in mid summer! They’re so beautiful and fragrant. We would definitely buy another one! Wish I could post pictures here.Sharon Gribbin, Maine, United States, 2 years ago
This tree lilac bloomed beautifully this season which is the 2nd full season we've had it in our landscape. We are very disappointed though because the branches were very weak. Last fall we lost a good sized branch on a windy day. Then this spring/early summer we have progressively lost 3 more big branches on 3 different windy days. We don't even live in what I'd call a windy location. It's as if the gorgeous, heavy tree top full of blooms couldn't be supported by the tiny trunk. There is only one side branch left, so we will be replacing this lilac with a different type of small tree. I would recommend growing this lilac tree only in a protected location.Rachael B, Minnesota, United States, 2 years ago
I have five of these lilacs in a short zig-zag row between my house and the neighbors. They are five years old. I intended them to "stool out" and make a medium height screen between our ground level patios. They have been sparse bloomers and growers in the past. This year they were spectacular in growth and in bloom. Not sure if it was the weather that made the difference. I'm also not sure if this variety is supposed to make shoots but there is a little evidence that they will fill in and give us that bit of privacy that I am looking for. I think this is a variety that requires patience. I'm thrilled that the deer don't chew on them as they are mutilating most everything else in my yard.Melinda Bensler, Alberta, Canada, 3 years ago
I’m in Peterborough, Canada, zone 4BUS/5b CAD. We bought and planted this at the beginning of last summer. It did some slow growth, flowers were there but closed, as to be expected as a first year perennial. It’s now June of the second year, and both of my Bloomerangs are in FULL bloom. The plant is bushy, healthy green leaves, already a few inches of growth and it’s absolutely covered in beautiful open flowers. They are very fragrant, which is a surprise based on other reviews. I was impressed that there was very little damage over a long cold winter, and we offered them no special protection (even during the polar vortex that hit in May this year). My mom just bought one of these based on my recommendation. These are vigorous plants and are absolutely performing above my expectations for only the 2nd year.Tamara, Ontario, Canada, 3 years ago
I planted this shrub a number of years ago as I love lilacs, but my garden has been neglected since. Just found it yesterday, with flower buds ready to open! I have cleared away competing weeds and vines, as I am thrilled that it seems to be flourishing. Now it will receive the proper care it deserves. This plant is a tough survivor, and is well worth planting!Janet Heise, Ontario, Canada, 3 years ago