Species Detail - Lilac

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Scientific Name:
Syringa vulgaris

Leaves:
2-5 in. long, 1 -3 in. wide. Broadly ovate, almost heart-shaped; simple; dark green.

Flowers:
Showy clusters 6-8 in. long. very fragrant. purple to lavender-lilac, some are white.

Buds:
Reddish; opposite side buds

Bark:
Gray to gray-brown. Smooth but finely shreddy when large.

Height:
Height of 12-15 ft

Diameter:
Spread of 12 -18 in

Range:
Lilacs grow in much of the United States and Canada, from Zones 3 to 7. Not native in Vermont.

Other Info:
Very popular and widely cultivated. Brought to the United States in the 1750s. Lilac bushes can live for hundreds of years.