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Dogwood or Lilac

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Dekota06-Jul-03 07:08 PM EST 6a   
Ed06-Jul-03 09:00 PM EST 5a   
07-Jul-03 06:47 AM EST 6a   
17-May-04 10:31 AM EST   
Sylvain23-May-06 08:40 PM EST 6a   

Subject: Dogwood or Lilac
From: Dekota (
Zone: 6a
Date: 06-Jul-03 07:08 PM EST

My husband and I are interested in planting a tree in our front yard. We're debating over Dogwood or Lilac. We love both. But we're not sure which to go with. Are there any benefits and downsides to either of these trees? We have full sun, if that helps. Thank you so much.

Subject: RE: Dogwood or Lilac
From: Ed
Zone: 5a
Date: 06-Jul-03 09:00 PM EST

Are you aware that both of these are usually shrub form, not trees and that most dogwoods are selected for foliage and bark colour/interest ? Also Lilacs, available in several varieties/forms and many colours of bloom usually become much larger than most commonly grown dogwoods, so a little more info as to where in relation to building/ border you plan to plant might be helpfuin providing guidance.

Subject: RE: Dogwood or Lilac
Zone: 6a
Date: 07-Jul-03 06:47 AM EST

While it is true that these are usually shrubs, lilacs make lovely small trees if pruned that way and the flowering dogwood - which is what I assume you're interested in - also makes a lovely small tree. Both would usally be multi-stemmed and not a single trunk - especially the lilac - the dogwood is more easily found as a single-trunk small tree. The dogwoods are 'understory' trees - i.e. usually found beneath the canopy of a larger tree, so they need a bit of light shade to keep the leaves from being damaged by too much sun. The dogwoods can take a few years to get big enough to bloom and some of them are quite disease-prone and short lived. I just planted a Cornus kousa 'Milky Way' this spring - they are supposed to be less disease-prone than the native Cornus florida.

Lilacs need more sun. It is best to look for a non-suckering type like the Preston lilacs so you don't have to worry about constantly removing suckers. The lilacs give you more color choice.

Both would be lovely small trees so I think you should make your choice depending on light - if you have full sun, choose the lilac; if you have shade from an existing mature tree, choose the dogwood....

Subject: dogwood
Date: 17-May-04 10:31 AM EST

Subject: RE: Dogwood or Lilac
From: Sylvain (
Zone: 6a
Date: 23-May-06 08:40 PM EST

My white lilacs have black patches at the end of their leaves and they tend to curl or become very mushy...

Can someone help and tell me what it is and what to do about it?

If you have references, I would like to get them and read them.

Kind regards


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