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Syringa Vulgaris Belle de Nancy Tree

French Lilac Trees

from From £34.99 (ex. VAT)
( £41.99 (ex. VAT) inc. VAT)

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 it is important to prune immediately after flowering. Syringa Belle de Nancy has mid-green, heart-shaped foliage in spring and summer.

French Lilac Belle de Nancy is a well established variety, bred at the famous Lemoine Nursery near Nancy, France and is a popular Lilac tree, often planted for screening or as a feature tree. The blossoms can also be cut for flower arranging.

This upright Lilac tree 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 your Belle de Nancy Lilac tree in moist but well-drained soil, in a sunny location. This upright Syringa tree is tolerant of clay, loam and sand based soils.

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

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Variety Root Type Height Now Form ? Price Qty Basket
Syringa Vulgaris Belle de Nancy Bush Syringa Vulgaris Belle de Nancy Bush
10L pot 60-90cm Bush £34.99 (ex. VAT)
Syringa Vulgaris Belle de Nancy Bush Syringa Vulgaris Belle de Nancy Bush
10L pot 100-120cm Bush £39.99 (ex. VAT)
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Delivery Timescales

Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. Many are despatched within 24 hours of receiving the order, but please allow up to 10 working days to be on the safe side. There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached trees or trees over 2.5m in height (all trees called Standard, Premium Standard, Heavy Standard, Extra Heavy Standard, Mature Trees or Pleached) because we have to group orders together into geographic areas for a specialist haulage contractor to deliver and this takes a bit of scheduling.

Gift trees and other trees required for arrival on a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure and at no extra charge. Although we really don't like to give ourselves wriggle room (because we so rarely need it!), we do have to say that we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

The vast majority of trees are sent on a 'no signature required' basis, so there's no need to be in to receive your order. You can give us instructions on where to leave your delivery either via the checkout or send us a separate email. For some mature or pleached trees we may contact you in advance if the delivery driver needs help getting the tree/trees off the vehicle.

All trees are packed very carefully by our experienced team and delivered using couriers who've been tried and tested over many years.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre and therefore customers need to make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

Smaller trees/bushes have a delivery charge of £7.95 plus vat (excluding Highlands and Islands). Medium trees of a height of 1.5-2 metres have a delivery charge of £9.95 plus vat (excluding Highlands and Islands). Orders for multiple trees have a single delivery cost of £12.95 plus vat (excluding Highlands and Islands).

Mature trees and pleached trees are more expensive to deliver. Cost varies by postcode and is calculated in the check out process. You can buy more than one tree for the same delivery cost, so if you are purchasing a good number of trees it works out to be economical.

Highlands and Islands charges start from £29.95 plus vat and are calculated in the check out process.

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Overseas Destinations

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 and we'll see if we can find a solution.

Planting Advice for Syringa Vulgaris Belle de Nancy Tree

When planting lilac trees, such as Syringa Vulgaris Belle de Nancy Tree, it is important to prepare the planting area well. Pot grown Syringa trees can be planted at any time of the year. You will need to carry out the following to prepare your planting site.

Firstly, remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole then dig a hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. We recommend digging a square hole as this encourages the roots to grow straight as opposed to around inside the hole. To help your tree establish more effectively, we advise applying root grow (sprinkle in the hole for pot grown trees or prepare and apply the gel mixture for bare root trees), especially if you have poor soil.

Before planting your lilac tree, soak the roots in tepid water for 10-15 minutes, then gently tease the roots. If you have poor soil mix 50% of your original soil with 50% high quality compost. Fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree as this can cause problems. To see how to use a tree stake and tie, watch our informational how to videos.

Aftercare Advice for Syringa Vulgaris Belle de Nancy Tree

If you’re planting in dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. The same goes for spring and summer planting. Make sure to keep an eye on your young tree and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. We also stock a range of irrigation kits, suitable for a variety of planting schemes.

Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds for the first couple of growing seasons. Using a glyphosate based weed killer or installing mulch matting and bark chips will aid in this. Do not simply mow the grass surrounding your tree as this will only encourage growth. If you know your area is prone to rabbits, we would advise using a rabbit guard.

Pruning Advice for Belle de Nancy Lilac trees

Unlike some ornamental trees, pruning is encouraged when it comes lilac trees. The only question is how much and when. The aim of a lilac tree owner is to create a full not bushy effect. 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 your Lilac tree 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 pruning. Apply a fertiliser each autumn and again in spring, just before flowering.

Syringa Vulgaris Belle de Nancy Tree (French Lilac Trees) Description

  • 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