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Syringa vulgaris 'Charles Joly' Tree

Purple Lilac Trees
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  • £39.99 (ex VAT)

A purple lilac tree with panicles of purple flowers bunched closely together, providing a wonderfully strong yet sweet fragrance from May-June, Lilac Charles Joly is a popular small garden tree. Syringa Charles Joly will grow to a large bush about 4 x 4 metres in 20 years and requires a well-drained soil in a sunny spot. The purple flowers of this Purple Lilac tree stand out well against the back-drop of mid-green, heart shaped foliage in spring and summer.

Accepting of alkaline soils, this Lilac tree is a wonderful choice for a nature or sensory garden, as it entices lots of wildlife such as bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects.

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AKA Syringa vulgaris Charles Joly, Syringa Charles Joly, purple lilac tree, Common purple lilac tree, purple lilac tree Charles Joly

  • Common name: Purple lilac tree
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 4 x 4 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Summer
  • Foliage: Mid-green, heart-shaped leaves in spring and summer, displaying purple flowers panicles in spring
  • Soil: Prefers a moist, well-drained site but will tolerate most soil types

Planting Advice for Syringa vulgaris Charles Joly Trees

Our pot grown Charles Joly 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 Charles Joly Lilac do not require a stake and tie support, single stem tree forms do.

Aftercare Advice for Syringa Charles Joly Trees

If you’re planting 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 Charles Joly Trees

Pruning is encouraged when it comes to Charles Joly 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 your Charles Joly Lilac 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

Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team, with many despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours (please allow up to 10 days). There's no need to be in to receive your trees and you can request where they are 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 by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date and whether the delivery driver needs assistance.

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 with a height under 1.5 metres) : £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 large trees (trees too large to fit in a box): £19.95 + vat

Mature, pleached or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy additional trees with no increase in delivery cost.

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

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands 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.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree is 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.

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.

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

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 'Charles Joly' Form: Bush Supplied Size: 80-100cm Root type: 10L pot Syringa vulgaris 'Charles Joly' Price £39.99 (ex VAT)
Bush 80-100cm 10L pot £39.99 (ex VAT)
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