Lilac Flower Buds Turn Black

The buds on my lilac just begin to develop, then they turn black and cease to develop into blossoms.

Hardiness Zone: 6a

By Toni from north eastern OH

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May 1, 20100 found this helpful
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Most of the country has had an extremely long and harsh winter season this year. I had lilacs in Nevada before I came to Florida, and each spring we had another freeze just about the time the lilac buds were forming. Of course, the buds froze too, and turned black. All the leaves on any trees that had budded out also froze and turned black. If even your overnight temps dropped to near freezing, that will happen, and it also affects fruit trees the same way.

Pat T of Florida

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