Why Do My White Flowering Lilacs Smell Bad?

I'm having trouble with my lilac trees. I bought 2 purple lilac trees and when they flower now, the flower is white and smells awful. Can you tell me what I am doing wrong? Thanks.



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April 28, 20100 found this helpful

Call your county extension office they might can help you, good luck.

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May 8, 20100 found this helpful

Sounds like you got lilacs that were not labeled correctly. There is probably not much you can do to change them; it is just the kind they are. Some types don't have as good or as much scent as the old-fashioned lilacs.

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May 19, 20190 found this helpful

Same problem at my house. I cut some of the white flowers and put in a vase. Later, I hunted through my home trying to isolate the source of what smelled like hobby airplane glue.


It turned out to be the darn white lilac. I dont think youre doing anything wrong. Those just smell terrible. Meanwhile my purple ones smell great.

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May 15, 20200 found this helpful

Finally someone else that notices the airplane glue smell. I told my Gf that and she thought I was nuts. Especially since shes the one that freshly cuts them and brings them in the house. I remember all the models I built as a kid and smelling lilacs is like a blast from the past. I wouldn't doubt that they have some sort of organic toluene base in them as their fragrance.

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