Please identify bush with magenta flowers

javertApril 3, 2014

This may be an extremely common and well-known plant, but this old guy doesn't know what it is, and wants to get another. The bush is more than thirteen years old, about 6 feet high and 6 feet wide. Bush growth pattern, with probably 50 or more stems coming up out of the ground. Very fragrant spring flowers are popular with butter flies and bees, but seldom see hummingbirds working it.

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nonmember_gw

Lilac

    Bookmark   April 3, 2014 at 11:46AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

with probably 50 or more stems coming up out of the ground.

===>> those are suckers... and every piece with a root can be cut from under.. and made into a new bush ...

if he wants to match this one.. that is the only way to do it ...

just grab one of the outliers ... tug it a bit.. and if you see some roots.. cut just a bit deeper than that ... and go plant it somewhere else.. [i actually grow them in pots until planting in fall. to grow some roots]

i got my whole collection by knocking on doors and asking for cuttings ..

see you in the shrub forum if you want more info ..

ken

    Bookmark   April 3, 2014 at 11:59AM
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javert

Thank you, nonmember, for the ID.

Also, special thanks to Ken Adrian for the propagation information.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2014 at 8:20PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Probably not a Syringa vulgaris - looks like it has the leaves and flowers of one of the others. In which case it will probably not be as suckerous as that particular species.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2014 at 9:52PM
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