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  • Syringa vulgaris 'Katherine Havemeyer' Tree
  • Syringa vulgaris 'Katherine Havemeyer' Tree
  • Syringa vulgaris 'Katherine Havemeyer' Tree
  • Syringa vulgaris 'Katherine Havemeyer' Tree
  • Syringa vulgaris 'Katherine Havemeyer' Tree
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Syringa vulgaris 'Katherine Havemeyer' Tree

Purple Lilac Trees

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

A lovely lilac tree with pale purple through to lavender-blue double flowers in May-June that give off a delicious scent attracting bees and butterflies. The dark green, heart shaped foliage makes a lovely foil for its flowers and other plants. One of the more fragrant Lilac varieties, Katherine Havemeyer emits wonderful aromas throughout spring and summer.

Grown on well-drained soil in sun this attractive small garden tree or large shrub will grow to 4 x 4 metres in 20 years. Tolerant of alkaline soils this purple lilac tree is a wonderful choice for a nature or sensory garden. Syringa vulgaris Katherine Havemeyer has received the RHS Award of Garden Merit.

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AKA Purple lilac shrub, Syringa vulgaris Katherine Havemeyer, Katherine Haveymayer

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10L pot 90-120cm Bush £34.99 (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 Katherine Havemeyer trees

When planting purple lilac trees, such as the Katherine Havemeyer, 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), 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 Purple Lilac trees

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 Syringa Vulgaris Katherine Havemeyer 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 'Katherine Havemeyer' Tree (Purple Lilac Trees) Description

  • Common name: Purple lilac tree
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 4 x 4 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Summer
  • Foliage: Dark green, heart-shaped leaves
  • Soil: Requires a well-drained, moist site but will tolerate most soil types