From Planting to Pruning: A Green Thumb Gardener's Complete Guide to Syringa Bloomerang
Syringa 'Bloomerang' is a hybrid lilac variety that was introduced in 2009. It is known for its highly fragrant and showy pale purple flowers that bloom on both new and old wood. What sets Bloomerang apart from other lilacs is its ability to bloom twice in one season. It makes its initial heavy bloom in mid-May, similar to other lilacs, then takes a short break before blooming again in summer into fall.
Bloomerang has a compact and rounded form, typically growing up to 5 feet by 5 feet, but there are dwarf varieties that are 3 feet or less in height. The plant prefers full sun and well-drained soil. It is relatively low maintenance, but pruning after the initial bloom is recommended to encourage a second flush of flowers in the same season.
Syringa is a genus of shrubs and small trees that are grown for their showy and fragrant flowers. The genus name comes from the Greek word syrinx, meaning tube or pipe, in reference to the pith-filled but easily hollowed stems of some genus plants.
The Bloomerang lilac tree, also known as Syringa 'Bloomerang', is hardy in zones 3-7, which are very cold climates. The plant requires a period of cold weather to bloom well, so it may be trickier to grow them successfully in warmer areas. Bloomerang lilacs will tolerate warm weather through zone 7 but will rebloom best in cooler summers or if sheltered from the afternoon heat.
However, there is a new variety of lilac from Proven Winners called Bloomerang that is suitable for zone 9 and produces explosions of light or dark purple flowers in the spring. The zone 9 lilac care is very similar to lilac care in cooler zones. Plant the zone 9 lilac varieties in a site with full sun.
The Syringa Bloomerang prefers a soil that is rich in organic matter, neutral to slightly alkaline, and well-drained. Lilacs, including the Bloomerang, do not like acidic soil with a pH of 6.5 or lower. Good air circulation is also important for the plant's growth. The Missouri Botanical Garden recommends planting the Bloomerang in organically rich, moist, neutral to slightly alkaline soils with good drainage.
It is important to note that good drainage is essential for the Syringa Bloomerang to thrive, and it does poorly in soggy, wet soil. The Syringa Bloomerang prefers a soil that is rich in organic matter, neutral to slightly alkaline, well-drained, and with good air circulation. It is also essential to avoid soggy, wet soil and provide good drainage.
Bloomerang lilacs are best suited for zones 3-7, but there are varieties available that can thrive in zone 9.
Syringa Bloomerang At-A-Glance Info
Mature Size: 5’ x 5’
Light: Full sun
Zones: 3 to 9
Watering: Low water
Soil: Rich in Organic Matter, Neutral to Slightly alkaline and well-drained
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