livluv
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How to prune a lilac

Does anyone have advice on how to prune a lilac into more of a tree shape? Is it easier to do this with certain types of lilacs?

MaineDesigner
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Syringa reticulata, the Japanese Tree Lilac, might be what you are looking for. These are white flowering and the scent is a little different from that of Syringa vulgaris but they are a true tree of about twenty feet in height. I have never attempted to prune S. vulgaris or the hybrids into a single trunked tree form but I have doubts that this would produce good results.

livluv
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Oh, I should have been a little more specific. I'm obviously not much of a green thumb so I don't know how to describe what I want. I don't mean to prune it to a single trunk, just down to a few trunks with all the foliage at the top, rather than all bushy from top to bottom.

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