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Spacing of Lilac

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JuliaS01-Apr-03 08:38 AM EST 5a   
Susan01-Apr-03 11:08 AM EST 6a   
juliaS03-Apr-03 02:37 PM EST 5a   

Subject: Spacing of Lilac
From: JuliaS (
Zone: 5a
Date: 01-Apr-03 08:38 AM EST

I have a large property in the country. I've ordered 50 Villosa Lilac to plant on the properties boundry. The place I ordered them from recommends planting 18 to 24 inches apart. In my books it states the Villosa Lilac is non suckering and has a mature spread of about 10'! Can anyone recommend a good planting distance that will give privacy but still but allow the plants to mature nicely. My gut instinct is about 8' appart. I'd love to hear from anyone with experience with Villosa Lilac (good or bad)

Subject: RE: Spacing of Lilac
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 01-Apr-03 11:08 AM EST

My understanding is that the Vilosa lilacs can be 4-10 feet wide. 18-24 inches might work for a variety that is only 4 feet wide, although I'd tend to plant those closer to feet apart. Your 8' sounds close to right to me. If they spread 10' and you just wanted them to touch but not intermingle, you'd use 10', so 8 feet would have them overlap a bit, assuming they reach their maximum spread. Do you know which specific variety you have?

Subject: RE: Spacing of Lilac
From: juliaS (
Zone: 5a
Date: 03-Apr-03 02:37 PM EST

Hi Susan, thanks for replying. After reading your response, I contacted the nursery where I purchased the plants and they responded that there are "no cultivars or hybrids of the Villosa lilac". They also stated that the spread was 5 to 6 feet. (That is dramatically less that the 10' in my book, but I'll assume the supplier knows thier stock, and plant about 5 feet apart.

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