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 4 x 4 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'
Our pot grown Madame Lemoine Lilac trees can be planted at any time of the year. Prepare your planting site by removing all 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 your tree establish more effectively, especially if you have poor soil, we advise applying root grow by sprinkling it in the hole.
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. You can find further planting advice here.
If you’re planting in spring, summer or dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. Make sure to keep an eye on young Lilac trees 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 gives the sizes and forms offered for this variety, along with photos you can enlarge (these are only a guideline as all plants are unique so vary slightly). Below are definitions of various forms, which refer to the shape of the tree defined by the pruning it has received. For more information, please contact us.
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 branch), which supports a branched 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 type||Price||Quantity Qty|
|Bush||90-120cm||10L pot||£39.99 (ex VAT)|
|Standard Tree, 8-10cm girth||approx 2.5-3.0m||28L pot||£169.99 (ex VAT)|