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Syringa vulgaris 'Belle de Nancy' Tree

French Lilac Trees
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Syringa vulgaris 'Belle de Nancy' is an attractive French Lilac with highly fragrant, double flowers that are particularly attractive to butterflies and bees. The upright panicles appear as pink-mauve buds in spring and blossom into lilac-pink petals, fading to a blueish hue in summer. For the best flower display, prune it immediately after flowering. The blossoms can also be cut for flower arranging.

The mid-green foliage is heart-shaped and Syringa vulgaris 'Belle de Nancy' is often planted for screening or as a feature tree. 'Belle de Nancy' is a well established and popular French Lilac tree, bred at the famous Lemoine Nursery near Nancy, France.

This upright Lilac has a final height and spread of 2.5 x 2 metres in 20 years, so is perfect as a small garden tree or upright shrub. For the best result, plant Syringa vulgaris 'Belle de Nancy' in moist but well-drained soil, in a sunny location. This Lilac variety is tolerant of clay, loam and sand based soils.

AKA Belle de Nancy Lilac, Syringa Belle de Nancy, French Lilac

  • Common name: Belle de Nancy Lilac
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 2.5 x 2 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Summer
  • Foliage: Mid-green heart shaped leaves in spring and summer
  • Soil: Tolerant of clay, loam and sand based soils but prefers a moist yet well-drained site

Planting Advice for Syringa vulgaris Belle de Nancy

Our pot grown Belle de Nancy French Lilac trees can be planted at any time of the year. Start by removing weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. To help the tree establish more effectively, sprinkle root grow in the hole.

Remove the pot, gently tease the roots and place into the planting hole. Mix 50% of the original soil with 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Avoid banking the soil up around the collar of the tree. Whilst bush forms of Belle de Nancy Lilac do not require a stake and tie support, single stem tree forms do.

Aftercare Advice for Syringa Belle de Nancy

If you’re planting French Lilac in spring or summer, water well for the first few months. Increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little. Irrigation kits make it easier.

Once planted, keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons.

Pruning Syringa vulgaris Belle de Nancy

Pruning is encouraged when it comes to Belle de Nancy French Lilac trees. If you wish to maintain a bush rather than a tree, allow the side growth to flourish and simply prune after flowering. For a tree effect, prune the longest, oldest branches that lie closest to the ground.

If it begins to look overcrowded, remove inner branches to allow more light and air inside the canopy. Always prune dead flowers and damaged or diseased branches.

Mature Lilac trees that have become overgrown can be hard pruned back to their former glory, but it will take time. Never prune a lilac tree back by more than a third of its size. Do this one season at a time, allowing the tree to recover in between. Apply a fertiliser each autumn and again in spring, just before flowering.

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within a week of placing the order (please allow up to 12 working days during busy periods). There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is left via the checkout.

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date.

Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is given on the basket page. Orders will be despatched when all trees are ready.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees under 1.5 metres in height) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 trees delivered by pallet (inc. mature Japanese Maples): £19.95 + vat

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

Mature and pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode rather than quantity (starts from £48 + vat).

Northern Ireland and Non Mainland UK

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system. Take care to buy a true multi-stem like all ours and not those that are 3 saplings in a pot to cheaply imitate them.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Clump: Several plants in one pot that can give the appearance of a multi stemmed and very bushy tree.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height:

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Syringa vulgaris 'Belle de Nancy' Form: Bush Supplied Size: 50-70cm Root type: 10L pot Syringa vulgaris 'Belle de Nancy' Price £34.99 (ex VAT) Was £39.99 (ex VAT)
Bush 50-70cm 10L pot £34.99 (ex VAT) Was £39.99 (ex VAT)
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Syringa vulgaris 'Belle de Nancy' Form: Single Stem Tree Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 12L pot Syringa vulgaris 'Belle de Nancy' Price £49.99 (ex VAT)
Single Stem Tree 150-200cm 12L pot £49.99 (ex VAT)
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