Hello, We just moved and in our new backyard is a beautiful, mature Japanese...

Asked August 20, 2013, 8:33 AM EDT

Hello, We just moved and in our new backyard is a beautiful, mature Japanese Lilac tree. The leaves are dark green in color, but they all are twisted or coiled in shape. Is this normal or a sign that it is distressed?

Ramsey County Minnesota

1 Response

It's a little hard to tell right now about the health of this lilac. The dark green color of the leaves is a good sign. If you haven't had at least a year to observe how this plant is doing, I'd recommend waiting until next year to figure out if the twisting and coiling shapes are/were a result of some pruning efforts that the former owners had made.

Japanese lilacs are quite hardy and if they are given the proper location (sunny to partly shady), good soil (http://soiltest.cfans.umn.edu/), and appropriate pruning (http://www.co.ramsey.mn.us/mastergardener/Pruning.htm) they can thrive just fine.

If these suggestions don't seem to answer your question, please send a few good quality photos that illustrate the problem that you are worried about. We can then try to figure out what is going on.

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