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Syringa vulgaris 'Madame Lemoine' Tree

White Lilac Trees
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The yellow spring buds of Syringa vulgaris 'Madame Lemoine' open to reveal panicles of closely clustered tiny white double flowers in May-June. The flowers give off a delightfully strong yet sweet fragrance and attract butterflies and bees. The white flowers stand out against the back-drop of mid green, heart shaped foliage.

Syringa vulgaris 'Madame Lemoine' requires a well-drained soil in a sunny spot but is tolerant of alkaline soils. Lilac Madame Lemoine was bred by the famous French horticultural family, the Lemoines, hence the name and has received the RHS Award of Garden Merit.

We offer this White Lilac as either a Lilac bush that will grow to around 3.5 x 3.5 metres in 20 years or a standard Lilac tree with a clear stem that makes a stunning feature. Click here to go to all Lilac trees and bushes.

AKA Common White Lilac tree, Lilac Madame Lemoine, Syringa 'Madame Lemoine'

  • Common name: White Lilac tree
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 3.5 x 3.5 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Summer
  • Foliage: Heart-shaped, light green deciduous leaves
  • Soil: Prefers a moist, well-drained site and will tolerate most soil types

Planting Advice for Syringa vulgaris Madame Lemoine Trees

Our pot grown Madame Lemoine White Lilac trees can be planted at any time of the year. Choose a sunny position for the planting site and start by removing weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Dig a square hole as deep as the root mass and approximately 2x as wide. To help the tree establish more effectively, we recommend sprinkling 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 and fill in the hole. Firm around gently, avoiding banking soil up around the collar of the plant. Whilst bush forms of Madame Lemoine Lilac do not require a stake support, single stem tree forms do.

Aftercare Advice for Syringa Madame Lemoine 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 Madame Lemoine Trees

Pruning is encouraged when it comes to Madame Lemoine White 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 Madame Lemoine White 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.

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Delivery Times

Next Day Despatch
We will always try to get your plants to you as quickly as possible.  For many of our trees and plants, if you order today we will despatch your order within 24 hours.  We are constantly adding to our range of next day plants, and we do not add a surcharge for this service. Click here to see our next day delivery plants.

Standard Delivery
We have one of the widest range of trees in the UK, and for those plants which we cannot despatch next day we will normally despatch within 4 weeks. The despatch time for different products will be confirmed when products are added to your shopping basket

We will only want to deliver your orders when they are perfect for planting! Depending on the season and how well the plants are growing, we will give our best estimates of the despatch dates for pre-orders.  These dates may vary and by species and while we will always try to deliver within these timeframes if the expected despatch does change then we will notify you by email.

Special Orders
Orders containing pleached or mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) are delivered within 3 weeks. They require specialist delivery and are grouped geographically. Any customers ordering pleached or mature trees will be contacted and notified of their delivery date.

If your trees are required by a specific date, please let us know as soon as possible; while we can’t offer any guarantees we will always do our best to accommodate you. You can leave instructions in the notes field on the Delivery Page of the Checkout or send us an email at [email protected].

Please note that orders are shipped once all the trees in the order are ready.

Collections are by appointment only at our West Yorkshire-based nursery. If you would like to place an order for collection, please get in touch before placing your order. You will not be charged a delivery cost for a collection and any delivery cost that has been applied will be refunded.

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. *Pot sizes may vary. Below are definitions of terms:

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

Single Stem tree: Classic tree with one trunk, pruned for a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted tree: A height next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Ideal for small spaces.

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

Multi Stem tree: Two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system.

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

Clump: Several plants in one pot that give the appearance of a bushy multi stem tree.

Climber: Naturally climbing plant. Usually delivered running up a 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.


Plant Specification Root type Size Form Price Quantity Qty
Syringa vulgaris 'Madame Lemoine' - next day despatch Root type: 5L pot* Size: 50-70cm Form: bush Syringa vulgaris 'Madame Lemoine' - next day despatch Price £35 (inc VAT)
5L pot* 50-70cm bush £35 (inc VAT)
Syringa vulgaris 'Madame Lemoine' Form: bush Size: 60-90cm Root type: 10L pot* Syringa vulgaris 'Madame Lemoine' Price £35 (inc VAT) Was £55 (inc VAT)
bush 60-90cm 10L pot* £35 (inc VAT) Was £55 (inc VAT)
Syringa vulgaris 'Madame Lemoine' Root type: 12L pot* Size: 150-200cm Form: Single stem tree Syringa vulgaris 'Madame Lemoine' Price £85 (inc VAT)
12L pot* 150-200cm Single stem tree £85 (inc VAT)
Syringa vulgaris 'Madame Lemoine' Form: Standard Tree, 6-8cm girth Size: approx 2.5-3.0m Root type: 20L pot* Syringa vulgaris 'Madame Lemoine' Price £240 (inc VAT)
Standard Tree, 6-8cm girth approx 2.5-3.0m 20L pot* £240 (inc VAT)
Syringa vulgaris 'Madame Lemoine' Form: Standard Tree, 8-10cm girth Size: approx 2.5-3.0m Root type: 28L pot* Syringa vulgaris 'Madame Lemoine' Price £255 (inc VAT) Was £275 (inc VAT)
Standard Tree, 8-10cm girth approx 2.5-3.0m 28L pot* £255 (inc VAT) Was £275 (inc VAT)
Syringa vulgaris 'Madame Lemoine' Root type: 45L pot* Size: approx 3.0-3.5m Form: Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth Syringa vulgaris 'Madame Lemoine' Price £335 (inc VAT)
45L pot* approx 3.0-3.5m Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth £335 (inc VAT)
Total: £0 (VAT Free)