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My recently-planted lilac has the same rather ugly leaves, but it always does that in early Autumn. I wouldn't worry; if you're worried about fungus on the cutting, I recently read that watering with a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water will help to prevent that. It didn't say how strong a mixture to use (I wouldn't make it very strong), so you'll need to experiment a bit. Also, when rooting cuttings (I'm currently trying to root some Turkish Burning Bush cuttings), I dip the cut ends in powdered cinnamon before inserting them into the soil.


Thank you, Trilliam. That's interesting about using cinnamon to root cuttings - I guess it's the anti-bacterial, anti-fungal properties that help.

Lucy Corrander

I find that about the cinnamon interesting too. I was assuming it had similar properties to hormonal rooting powder until you mentioned its anti-bacterial nature.

I hope your cutting does last the winter. Maybe if it doesn't you will be able to take another in the spring now the parent tree appears to be healthier. Do lilacs work from hardwood cuttings or only green?


Thanks, Lucy. I have no idea about how you should take lilac cuttings. I'm betting this is the wrong way.


My lilac has brown -edged leaves now. It doesn't have a very appealing autumn look. Such gorgeous flowers, but even in summer the leaves aren' t great.


Hi, Chloris. You're right, lilacs are a spring tree. Though, they do provide very good shade, should you need that.

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