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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 14


Donald Wedge

pp: 166-168

The common Lilac, Syringa vulgaris, is one of the most popular and prominent shrubs. It succeeds in all but the warmest sections of this continent and grows particularly well in the colder areas. A Lilac will out live the person who plants it and will outlast the house near which it is planted.

Our nursery has grown Hybrid Lilac since 1902. In 1935, realizing many nurseries were having difficulties propagating Lilac and we were having fair success, we decided to specialize in Hybrid Lilac and stepped up our propagation. For the past 12 years we have grafted 120,000 to 150,000 Lilac per year, depending on our balanced supply of scion wood which has been a limiting factor, growing mainly for other nurseries under contract. We are now growing 38 out of the 40 top A rated varieties in the 1953 list of The "100 best Lilac for America" and 17 the 39 B rated varieties, and 3 varieties we believe to be on the way up.

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