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Unusual Lilac

Last post 30-05-2017 5:06 AM by poppikin. 2 replies.

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  • 17/05/2017 01:07 PM
    • poppikin
    • Glorious Surrey
    • 06 Apr 2009
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    Last year I bought a shrivelled up unidentified shrub from the nearby "past the best before" nursery for 50p. This year it has bloomed into a lovely lilac but half of the flowers are variegated mauve and white and half are all white sometimes on the same stem. Can someone please explain? Pity I can't send a picture. poppikin

  • 28/05/2017 08:50 PM
    • Blackstart
    • Warwickshire
    • 06 Dec 2010
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    Hi poppikin, your lilac is probably a white cultivar of common lilac which is naturally mauve. Cultivars are often the results of plants "sporting" which means all or part of a plant displays different characteristics to the norm. Nurseries then take the sporting plant or part of the plant and propagate it by vegetative means to produce more plants with this unusual characteristic. Occasionally, cultivar plants sometimes show an urge to return to their original form (sometimes called reversion) which could be why some of the flowers are partly white and partly mauve. A good example of this is Elaeagnus pungens 'Maculata' which has green leaves with yellow centres but often throws up plain green shoots. This should not be confused with suckers of grafted plants that may throw up shoots with differing characteristics from below the graft (from the rootstock). Blackstart

  • 30/05/2017 05:06 AM
    • poppikin
    • Glorious Surrey
    • 06 Apr 2009
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    Thank you Blackstart. This is very interesting. poppikin