Syringa vulgaris "MICHEL BUCHNER"

Syringa vulgaris
Syringa vulgaris "MICHEL BUCHNER"
common lilac
SIZE/TYPE taller shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 2-4m
USUAL WIDTH 2-3m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS violet
BLOOMING TIME May - May
LOCATION full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 3   (down to -40°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
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Lilacs are common shrubs of European gardens. Their flowering highlights month of May offering many shades of pink, purple and violet, and also white. They are low maintenance plants which is why you can see them in so many landscapes.

Michel Buchner and with Charles Joly are probably the most common lilac varieties in the Czech Republic. The flower colour of Michel Buchner is a bit difficult to describe – something between lilac pink, light violet, and mauve. Individual flowers are double and form a dense, erect panicle. Lilac flowers are very fragrant and open in early May for 3-4 weeks. Pruning is not needed but can be made immediately after flowering. Deadheading is recommended for young plants.

Lilac flowers are symbols of liberation in former Czechoslovakia. When on 8th May 1945 Germany surrendered its Wehrmacht armies were supposed to leave our country. Still, there were many SS units that refused to accept signed capitulation and continued killing Czech and Slovak people. The next day 9th May 1945 early in the morning Ukraine troops lead by marshal Koněv crossed the border entering Czechoslovakia, and helped us get rid of the last SS units whose aim was to be taken captive by US armies, not Soviet armies. 9th May is the day of our liberation and Soviet soldiers are portrayed in pictures receiving flowers of just flowering lilacs from grateful Czech people. Lilacs and their fragrance became symbols of liberation and freedom in our country and not even 40 years of communist propaganda misusing this image could not take anything of its beauty away.

Lilacs are easy to grow. They will take almost any soil but will thrive in deep, fertile, well-drained soil that is neutral or slightly alkaline. They respond well to hard pruning. Adult plants often make suckers forming an even denser, multistemmed shrub. Fully hardy to about -37°C (USDA zone 3).

Last update 08-02-2012
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Syringa vulgaris "MICHEL BUCHNER" height 110-130 cm
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  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
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