What's your question? Ask

Lilac Bushes

Q.I Have An Old Lilac Bush That Was Never Trimmed. It Was About 20 Feet Tall. I Cut The Bush Down To About 10 Feet High. I Read That

Zone Westminster, Colorado | David added on March 1, 2021 | Answered

I should cut the bust to about one foot from the ground. Should I recut the bush down to a foot or keep it where it is now? I lov e this bush and I don’t want it to grow back in a bad way.

A.Answers to this queston: Add Answer
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on March 2, 2021

What you have done is, usually, appropriate. If the shrub is stubborn, and it does not come back, then it may be necessary to cut down to about 6 inches from the ground.

This is going to keep the shrub from flowering for about 3 years or so. It will help it to be more shapely and robust, however.

Here is an article for more information:


Was this answer useful?

Log in or sign up to help answer this question.

Did you find this helpful? Share it with your friends!

You must be logged into your account to answer a question.

If you don't have an account sign up for an account now.

Looking for more?
here are more questions about...
Lilac Bushes
Join Us - Sign up to get all the latest gardening tips!

Do you know a lot about gardening?
Become a GKH Gardening Expert