Lilac bush or tree

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Q: My lilac has grown tall and most of the flowers are up at the top where I can’t enjoy them. Is there any way to keep this from happening if I start over with a new one?

A: Beloved as they are, lilacs can be somewhat of a disappointment. That’s because they often take a long time to begin blooming after planting, and once they do finally begin flowering, before you know it, they grow tall with most of the blooms occurring out of reach in the top third of the shrub.

When you buy a new lilac, the only pruning needed is to cut back overly long stems to nodes farther back on the branch to promote bushy growth. Once flowering begins, however, annual pruning is needed to control for height and to promote heavier blooming.

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Soon after the flowers fade, remove the spent flower by cutting back to a pair of leaves or a side branch slightly farther down on the stem. Removing the spent flowers before they are able to set seed will prevent the tree from wasting energy ripening seed, which will encourage increased flower-bud production while helping to keep the tree from growing too tall.

If your lilac grows taller than desired, right after the blooms fade cut back a few of the tallest stems to vigorous side branches a third or more of the way down the branch. Remember, however, that blossoms are produced on previous seasons’ growth, so don’t cut too many branches down hard or you’ll pay for the reduction in size with reduced flowering the following spring.

If you’re in the market for a lilac, keep in mind that there are new dwarf varieties available, including the repeat bloomer ‘Boomerang’ that tend to stay much lower in height and, with yearly pruning, can easily be kept shorter than 6 feet tall.

Q: Several of our deciduous trees are heavily infested with tent caterpillars. Do I have to spray with something to keep them from harming my trees?

A: Tent caterpillars make an appearance in our area from time to time, and although they often show up in huge numbers, there’s no need to panic. A healthy tree can withstand the loss of a third of its foliage without suffering lasting damage, and even if a tree is defoliated, it will usually recover as long as the defoliation does not occur two years in a row.

The good news is that many beneficial critters help keep the populations of these intruders in check. Birds feast on tent caterpillars, and baldfaced hornets and paper wasps consider them a gourmet treat. Surprisingly, one of the most beneficial creatures when it comes to tent-caterpillar control is a fly. Tachinid flies look like houseflies but they attach tubular, one-sixteenth-inch-long eggs on the caterpillars’ bodies. The maggots that hatch from the eggs bore into the caterpillars, putting the “el Kabotski” on hundreds of them.

Despite the efforts of these natural predators, sometimes equally high populations of the caterpillars return the following spring. In that case, a spray might be needed to knock numbers down enough to prevent defoliation from occurring two years in a row. Fortunately, there is a commercially available biopesticide, Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) that is a safe, naturally occurring bacteria that is effective at controlling caterpillars. It does not harm birds nor beneficial insects; however it is lethal to butterfly caterpillars, so use it only when and where necessary. Bt works best when the insects are newly hatched. The caterpillar must eat leaves that have been sprayed, but sun breaks down the bacteria, so if possible, apply Bt on a cloudy morning on a day it is not expected to rain. Then let nature’s helpers finish the job. By the third year, it’s highly likely the troublesome tent caterpillars will cease to be a problem.

Fragrant LilacSyringa vulgaris

The lilac is a deciduous, multi-stemmed shrub with an irregular, rounded outline. It is fast growing when young, but slows to about one foot a year with age. The stems are dark gray to gray-brown, and the wood is strong. The leaves are dark green to blue-green above and pale green below. In shades of lilac, light purple, or lavender, the clusters of four petal flowers bloom in April or May. They are extremely fragrant, While the lilac grows best in sunny sites, it will not tolerate hot, humid conditions. It prefers well drained, moist soil with a neutral or slightly alkaline pH. The soil can be supplemented with peat or leaf mold. Old flowers should be removed as soon as they fade. The best time to prune lilacs is just flowering. It is preferable to prune the shrub to emphasize medium-aged wood, which will produce good blooms and still lend good size to the plant. To do this, remove one-third of the oldest stems at ground level every year. At the same time, any corrective pruning, such as removing conflicting branches or sucker growth can be done. Older lilacs that are a major landscape feature can be pruned as small multiple-branched trees, removing sucker growth and emphasizing a few large, old trunks. The shrub also can be trimmed into a single stemmed tree. Overgrown lilacs can be cut to within a few inches of the ground. Within 3-4 years, they will flower again, For a hedge, plant about 3-4 feet apart depending upon the mature height.

Lilac Tree Vs. Bush Vs. Shrub

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Low-maintenance lilacs provide beautiful spring blooms and fragrance, followed by bushy growth throughout the summer. Lilacs come in hundreds of varieties, from the dwarf lilac to the Japanese tree lilac, allowing gardeners to find the perfect variety for their gardening situation. Experiment with lilac varieties, including lilac trees, shrubs and bushes in your landscape.

Tree Lilacs

Japanese tree lilac (Syringa reticulata) is a single or multistemmed tree that grows 18 to 25 feet high. The tree has spikes of white flowers in late spring and bronze foliage in the fall. Japanese tree lilac has a bushy growth pattern, with low-lying branches. The tree is ideal for sunny, dry locations. Additionally, common lilac (Syringa vulgaris) is generally grown as a shrub, but can be pruned to one central trunk to grow as a tree. This old-fashioned shrub has prolific, fragrant blooms in the spring, followed by deep green foliage through the summer. The plant is slow-growing, but can reach heights of 20 feet and is hardy to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plant hardiness zone 3.

Shrub Lilacs

Shrub lilacs typically reach 10 to 12 feet high and come in lavender, purple, rose or white. These plants are ideal in groupings, as a hedge or as specimen plants in a flower bed. They grow in full sun to partial shade and require only minimal watering once established. Korean lilac (S. oblata dilatata) has small, oval leaves and pink flowers.

Bush Lilacs

Bush lilacs are small and compact. Ideal as foundation plantings or in small gardens, bush lilacs include cut-leaf lilac (S. laciniata) and littleleaf lilac (S. microphylla). Meyer lilac (S. meyeri) is another bush lilac that produces deep purple flowers.

Selecting Lilacs

When choosing lilacs, grow plants based on the size of your garden and your preferences. Adventurous gardeners might try growing several different varieties to extend the blooming season. For example, late lilac (S. villosa) and Japanese tree lilac bloom in mid-June, several weeks after most lilacs have finished flowering.

Growing Lilacs

Lilacs prefer a light, well-drained soil, although they will grow almost anywhere. They are fairly drought tolerant once they are established. Lilacs are prone to powdery mildew, especially in humid climates. This disease causes a white powder to grow on leaves mid-summer. It is generally harmless, though unattractive. Borers and scale can be controlled with dormant oil sprays.

The lilac tree (Syringa vulgaris) produces one of the most universally popular and beloved flowers. I’ve never met anyone who dislikes lilacs.

For many, these beautiful and fragrant flowers bring treasured memories alive.

This old favorite bush and tree form comes as a beautiful addition to the landscape, making it more vibrant and colorful. Also, these cluster blooming plants are easy to grow, and their fragrant flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

Lilacs come in seven colors, but the most popular varieties wear the colors of:

  • White
  • Blue
  • Lavender
  • Pink
  • Magenta

Growing and taking care of lilacs make a pretty simple hobby. However, knowing how to do things perfectly does better. Read on to learn more about lilac care.

How To Grow Lilacs in the Garden

Suppliers often ship (Syringa vulgaris) lilacs as bare root plants so it may surprise you upon receiving them. The plants may appear dead, but the video below shows its dormant or sleeping state.

To wake them up, soak the roots in water for about 10 minutes. Some other important things to keep in mind when planting lilacs include the following:

  1. Common lilacs need quite a lot of sun. Find a place where you get sunlight in abundance, and it will help them grow better.
  2. Apart from sunlight, lilacs need space. They can even grow into small trees if given enough room. Always provide them a good amount of space.
  3. Lilacs also require proper water drainage to thrive.
  4. When planting, place the root ball close to the surface of the well-drained soil and tamp down firmly. Plant them 2–3 inches deep into the ground if you received the lilacs in the form of bare roots.
  5. Water the plant thoroughly.
  6. Put them at least 10–14 feet apart if you like to plant more than one lilac bush.

How To Plant Lilacs in Containers

So, when to plant lilacs bushes?

Growing lilac plants in a container may appear as a form of bonsai. Though some of the rules match with container grown lilacs such as abundant sun and good drainage, keep in mind about these additional requirements.

  1. Choose dwarf lilacs for container gardening. Some famous dwarf lilacs include the Purple Gem and Pixie. You may also pick the dwarf korean lilac tree (Syringa meyeri), attractive lilac shrubs which will add grace, beauty, and fragrance to your garden.
  2. Choose a sturdy container big enough to hold the root system of a fully grown plant.
  3. Try not to move the pot from its original position once the plant established its roots
  4. Choose a high-quality, well-drained soil with a good mixture of compost included.
  5. Plant lilacs 3–4 inches deep and tamp down firmly.
  6. Water the plant thoroughly.

Lilac Facts…

  1. Some lilac varieties – Josee & Bloomerang lilac will bloom several times during the year.
  2. Most Lilacs flower for approximately three weeks in early spring
  3. Thomas Jefferson wrote a gardening book and in it shared his love for Lilacs.
  4. Some Lilac bushes can survive temperatures down to -50°F.
  5. The “trick” to a big lilac shrub – Don’t prune them often. But be sure to prune lilacs at least once per year.
  6. Lilacs come from the olive family Oleaceae. There are more than 1,000 varieties of lilacs and bushes.
  7. Lilac flowers are edible.
  8. Purple lilac is the symbol of first love.
  9. Syringa reticulata, the tree form lilac can reach 25 feet tall
  10. For the most fragrance, enjoy purple lilac on warm, sunny days.

How To Care For Lilacs in the Garden

Although lilac trees do not need much attention while growing, a small amount of care will help them grow to their full size and produce more of those lovely blooms. Some of the steps to take while caring for lilacs are as follows:

  1. Apply a good layer of mulch every year to retain moisture and control weeds.
  2. Wait until the top becomes thoroughly dry and then water the common lilac trees well.
  3. Fertilize lilacs very sparingly. A good fertilizer in late winter will serve as enough for the rest of the year.
  4. Pruning lilacs correctly tops the list of to-dos when it comes to taking care of lilacs. Trim them once the blooms ceased. This helps them grow back stronger than before.
  5. Deadheading lilacs will help the plant to produce more flowers. Moreover, it will make the plants look even better.
  6. To improve flowering of lilacs, don’t let grass grow near their roots.

Caring for Lilacs in Containers

  1. Lilacs grown in warm climatic zones can stay outside throughout the year.
  2. When growing lilacs in freezing regions, bury containers in the soil to promote more budding and growth.
  3. Make sure the root system of your lilacs can move freely. If movement becomes restricted, they will not bear many lilac flowers no matter how good the leaves looks.
  4. Keep the container in a place where it can receive at least six hours of sunlight.
  5. Lilac watering in a pot may seem like a delicate task. This is due to excess water may damage or kill them. Only water when the soil appears dry and water for about one inch deep.
  6. If you see roots coming out of the water drainage holes, this signals the time to root prune the plant.

With these care and planting tips, anyone can enjoy beautiful lilacs and feel as youthful as the blooms!

Tips for Long Lasting Lilacs

With lilacs blooming in many areas of the country, what better time than now to make sure they stay blooming as long as possible.

According to horticultural expert Paul Parent, the below tips on caring will help get the most and prolong the life of your lilacs.

  • Lilacs grow best with a minimum of 1 inch of water per week during the hottest months.
  • Do not over-fertilize or they will not bloom. Over-fertilized plants only grow nice foliages but without the fragrant flowers. At springtime, feed your lilacs with something like Plant-Tone.
  • Lilacs plants love sweet soil. This means they grow well with pine trees or oaks nearby. During the beginning of spring, add limestone, wood ash, or similar products at a rate of 2-3 handfuls per 3 feet tall or spread of the lilac.
  • Lilacs bloom on old wood. All things considered, you should prune in the spring as soon as the flowering ends. If you wait for too long, you will remove the new flower buds for next year.
  • While pruning, remove the dead wood and the oldest canes. Cut those right down 5-10 inches from the soil.
  • Each year, cut out 1/2 – 1/3 of the old wood to maintain reblooming lilacs. Cut the tallest parts back to about 5-6 feet.
  • Hardy lilacs will grow in Zones 3 – 7 but don’t grow well in areas with the warmest climates

Tips On Pruning Lilacs For Decades Of Flowers

The lilac bears beautiful and fragrant flowers. As plants grow taller and its stems become mature, the flowers will appear smaller, fewer, and more “invisible.”

For the lilacs to develop a good framework of branches, promote robust new growth and help it produce vibrant blooms. Also, annual maintenance and pruning keep lilacs healthy and vigorous.

Annual pruning removes diseased and unproductive stems to the soil. Thinning encourages properly spaced new growth.

A properly pruned lilac can produce decades of flowers and enjoyment. For tips on pruning your lilac, read this article about pruning lilacs from finegardening.com

Lilac

Lilac, any of about 25 species of fragrant and beautiful northern spring-flowering garden shrubs and small trees constituting the genus Syringa of the family Oleaceae. Lilacs are native to eastern Europe and temperate Asia. Their deep green leaves enhance the attractiveness of the large, oval clusters of colourful blooms. The fruit is a leathery capsule.

Common lilac (Syringa vulgaris).Courtesy of the State of New Hampshire; photograph, Ernest Gould

The common lilac (S. vulgaris), from southeastern Europe, is widely grown in temperate areas of the world. There are several hundred named varieties with single or double flowers in deep purple, lavender, blue, red, pink, white, and pale, creamy yellow. The common lilac reaches approximately 6 metres (20 feet) and produces many suckers (shoots from the stem or root). It may be grown as a shrub or hedge or, by clearing away the suckers, as a small tree.

The weaker-stemmed Persian lilac (S. persica), ranging from Iran to China, droops over, reaching about 2 metres in height. Its flowers usually are pale lavender, but there are darker and even white varieties.

Other decorative species are the dwarf Korean lilac (S. velutina), about 3 metres tall, with lavender-pink flowers; the 4-metre-tall nodding lilac (S. reflexa) of China, with pinkish flowers; the Hungarian lilac (S. josikaèa), about 3 metres tall, with scentless bluish purple flowers; and the daphne lilac (S. microphylla), about 1.5 metres tall, from China, with small leaves, deep red buds, and pale pink flowers. The Chinese lilac, or Rouen lilac (S. chinensis), is a thickly branched hybrid, a cross of the Persian and common lilacs.

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The name syringa was formerly used for the mock orange of the family Saxifragaceae. Species of the genus Ceanothus of the family Rhamnaceae are known as summer lilacs, a term also applied to the butterfly bush of the family Buddlejaceae.

Gardening FAQ

The lilac genus Syringa belongs to the olive family (Oleaceae) and consists of about thirty species of deciduous shrubs or trees native to Europe and temperate Asia. The name is derived from the Greek syrinx, meaning pipe. This reference is to the easily hollowed out stem of the plant. To most people lilacs mean fragrance, but not all the flowers have a scent.

The common lilac (Syringa vulgaris), that favorite of grandmother’s garden, is a native of southeastern Europe and hardy throughout New England. It’s described as a shrub or tree up to about 10 feet high with flowers from white to deep lilac. Sometimes called French lilacs because the earliest produced, many still among the finest, were hybridized in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in the nursery of the famous French plant breeder Victor Lemoine and his son Emile.

Another popular lilac is the early-flowering hyacinth lilac (Syringa x hyacinthiflora). This is a cross between the common lilac (Syringa vulgaris) and an Asian species (Syringa oblata) that flowers up to 10 days earlier than the common lilac. It looks very similar to the common lilac and has fragrant single or double flowers.

Courtesy of the NYBG Plant Information Service

All You Need to Know about Lilac

The lilac plant (botanical name Syringa) is a genus of 12 species of flowering woody plants, all of which come from the olive family (Oleaceae).

These particular plants are native to woodland and scrub and are originally from southeastern Europe and eastern Asia.

They are now widely cultivated in temperate areas elsewhere.

These small trees range in size from two to 10 metres, and boast stems measuring up to 20 to 30 centimetres in diameter.

The leaves boast a simple heart-shape and are often positioned in whorls of three.

Lilac types

There are a number of species of lilac available, some of which include:

  • Syringa Vulgaris – L. – common lilac – native to Balkans; naturalized in western and central Europe, and many scattered locations in North America.
  • Syringa emodi ex Royle – Himalayan lilac – native to northern India, Pakistan, Tibet and Nepal.
  • Syringa Komarowii – C.K.Schneid. – native to central China, and specifically the regions of Gansu, Hubei, Shaanxi, Sichuan and Yunnan.
  • Syringa Josikaea – J.Jacq. ex Rchb.f. – native to the Carpathian Mountains of Romania and Ukraine.
  • Syringa Oblata Subsp. Dilatata – Nakai – native to Korea, as well as Jilin and Liaoning in northeast China.
  • Syringa Oblata – Lindl. – Found in Korea, Gansu, Hebei, Henan, Jilin and Liaoning, as well as being native to Inner Mongolia, Ningxia, Qinghai, Shaanxi, Shandong, Shanxi and Sichuan.
  • Syringa Persica – L. (syn Syringa protolaciniata) – Persian lilac – native to Afghanistan, Pakistan, western Himalayas, Gansu and Qinghai.
  • Syringa Pinnatifolia – Hemsl. – Found in Gansu, Inner Mongolia, Ningxia, Qinghai, Shaanxi and Sichuan.
  • Syringa Pinetorum – W.W.Sm. – Commonly found in Sichuan, Tibet and Yunnan.
  • Syringa Pubescens – Turcz. – Korea, Gansu, Hebei, Henan, Hubei, Jilin, Liaoning, Ningxia, Qinghai, Shaanxi, Shandong, Shanxi and Sichuan.
  • Syringa Reticulata – (Blume) H.Hara (syn. pekinensis) – Japanese tree lilac – Primorye, Japan, Korea, Gansu, Hebei, Heilongjiang, Henan, Jilin, Liaoning, Inner Mongolia, Ningxia, Shaanxi, Shanxi and Sichuan.
  • Syringa Tomentella – Bureau & Franch. – Common in Sichuan, Tibet and Yunnan.
  • Syringa Villosa – Vahl – Primorye – Found in Korea, Hebei, Shanxi, Heilongjiang, Jilin and Liaoning.

Recommended varieties

The most prevalent and perfumed lilacs are of the S. vulgaris variety.

For best results and for an early bloom, opt for the ‘Charles Joly’ variant, which boasts a double magenta.

If you’re looking for a mid-season variant, choose the likes of ‘Monge’, a dark reddish purple, or ‘Firmament’, a fine blue lilac.

Late season plants comprise species such as ‘Miss Canada’, a reddish-pink variant, and ‘Donald Wyman’, a single purple lilac.

Although traditional lilacs enjoy cold weather, a few are able to thrive in much warmer climates, including the likes of the cutleaf lilac, which comes in the shape of a fragrant pale lavender.

Syringa patula (also known as ‘Miss Kim’), another option for warmer climates, is an elegant shrub with pale lilac-blue flowers that disappear into shades of white.

When do lilac flowers bloom?

The flowers bloom in spring, with each flower measuring between five and 10 millimeters in diameter, and with all boasting a four-lobed corolla, a fertile stamen and a stigma.

These blooms are purple in hue and range between light and dark lilac.

Some species boast shades of pale yellow, white and pink, with certain types showcasing a dark burgundy hue.

The flowers have a strong fragrance and grow in large panicles.

Flowering tends to take place between mid spring and early summer, but this does depend on the species.

The fruit comes in the shape of a dry, brown capsule, which splits in two at maturity, freeing two winged seeds.

Cultivation and uses

Lilacs are prevalent plants, grown in both gardens and parks in various locations.

There are numerous cultivars and hybrids to choose from, with the French lilac showcasing a modern double-flowered cultivar.

Light and water requirements

Lilacs grow most effectively in well-drained soils, particularly those with chalk.

They produce more flowers if left unpruned and grow well on old wood.

Tips for growing beautiful lilac plants

  • Lilacs flourish in fertile, rich, well-drained soil that is neutral to alkaline. For best results, the soil should be at a pH of around 7.0. If you’re unable to obtain good quality soil, add compost to enrich the mixture.
  • Choose a location that enjoys full sunlight – six hours per day is preferred and will encourage lilac plants to bloom well.
  • It’s also important to choose a site that drains well as lilacs won’t bloom with too much water.
  • Plant in either spring or autumn for best results.
  • The easiest way to grow these plants is by using an offshoot from another plant. It will take a while for the flowers to show, however a patient gardener will be rewarded with huge, fragrant blossoms.
  • Another option is to transplant lilacs from a nursery. Plant the lilac between two and three inches deeper than it grew in the nursery, adding topsoil around the roots. Once placed in the ground, water and add more topsoil.
  • If planting numerous lilac bushes, place between five and 15 feet apart.

Additional tips

To advance the flowering of lilacs, avoid placing them next to grass.

You can prevent grass from growing around these plants by placing a piece of landscape cloth measuring 16 to 24-inches around the bushes.

Cover this with bark or stone to keep the grass at bay.

If you wish to display lilac flowers in your home, you can force a winter bouquet from cut branches.

Simply bruise the cut ends before placing them in water and spray the branches regularly.

Keep them in a cool place initially, moving them to a warmer area at first bloom.

Pests and diseases

As with a number of plants, lilacs are prone to pests and diseases.

These include both snails and slugs. Another ailment to attack lilac plants is powdery white mildew.

This tends to attack after a warm, humid summer.

Although unsightly, this won’t actually affect the plant’s health and is best ignored.

Symbolism

Lilacs are traditionally said to symbolise love and the joy of youth.

In Lebanon, Greece and Cyprus, this specie of plant is strongly associated with Easter celebrations, mainly because it flowers at this time.

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Lilac Care – Growing And Planting Lilac Bush Plants

A longtime favorite, the lilac bush (Syringa vulgaris) is typically grown for its intense fragrance and beautiful blooms. Flowers can range in color from pink to purple; however, white and yellow varieties are also available. They can add a good source of shade or privacy when planted as a hedgerow. Lilacs range from dwarf varieties up to 8 feet (2.5 m.) tall or larger growing ones that can reach heights up to 30 feet (9 m.). With proper lilac tree care, these lovely plants can last decades in your garden.

Planting Lilac Bush

Spring or fall is the best time for planting lilac bushes. Situate the lilac with its roots spread vertically in the ground and make the hole both deep and wide enough to accommodate them. If planting more than one lilac bush, space them at least 5 feet (1.5 m.) apart to prevent overcrowding, even if you plan to use them as hedges for privacy.

Choose an area with plenty of afternoon sun and well-drained soil. Since lilacs prefer good drainage, planting lilac bushes in slightly elevated areas is recommended whenever possible. Following planting lilac bushes, water them thoroughly and add a layer of loose mulch. Keep the mulch thick enough to keep out weeds and retain some moisture but light enough not to hold too much.

Care of Lilac Bushes

Since lilacs are considered low-maintenance shrubs, the general care of lilac bushes is minimal, with exception to regular pruning.

Although lilacs tolerate a range of soil types, they prefer well-drained, humus-rich soil. Therefore, working compost in with the soil will help create a suitable planting soil for them. They should be watered thoroughly but not too often, as lilacs do not like their roots to become saturated.

Frequent use of fertilizer is not necessary for lilac tree care. However, fertilizing in early spring may help give blooms a boost, provided there is not too much nitrogen, which will result in insufficient flowering.

Although usually hardy, lilac bushes are occasionally bothered by insect pests, such as borers. Keep an eye out for any signs of pest problems and treat immediately. In some cases, spraying with soapy water will be sufficient enough to care of insects. However, if heavy infestations occur, pruning the entire plant may be necessary for lilac tree care and health.

Pruning is important for lilac care. Keeping lilac bushes well pruned will also prevent the chance of disease, such as powdery mildew.

Propagating Lilac Bushes

Lilacs are typically clump forming, producing new shoots from the base of the trunk. These shoots can be used for propagating lilac bushes. Dig down from the main clump, exposing the roots and cut the shoot away from the mother plant. Make sure you include roots. Then simply plant the shoot in a suitable location, watering regularly until it takes hold.

With proper planting and care of lilac bushes, anyone can enjoy the beauty of these low-maintenance shrubs.

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