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Syringa vulgaris /Lilac

Syringa vulgaris  / Syringa vulgaris
Spring flowers and foliage on Mackinaw Island, MI
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Spring flowers and foliage on Mackinaw Island, MI

A white-flowering cultivar

Flowers and foliage of this highly admired shrub that blooms in the Upper South and beyond

Overview of a shrub in full bloom in the northern tier of states

There are many cultivars of varying flower colors and sizes

Close-up of flowers and foliage

Canopy of flowers silhouetted against a blue sky can be a beautiful sight

Flowers in top of older tree in New York state

Cool, white flowers on bush in New England

Lilac colored flowers on lilac shrub

These beautiful lilac flowers were photographed in Newburgh, NY

Early April in Eastern Arkansas

Close view of flower buds and open flowers

Foliage and a few flower buds

Pink variety in full bloom

Close-up of pink flowers

Soon after flowers drop developing seed pods appear

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Scientific Name: Syringa vulgaris
Common Name: Lilac
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 Determine Your Zone
Height: 8-10 feet
Spread: 3 -5 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: White, Pink, Purple, Various, Lavender
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Brown
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Medium
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants for Hedges, Screening and Privacy
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Comments: Highly fragrant tubular flowers are tightly packed into a showy floral panicle in early summer. Plants produce blue-green foliage and are upright in form. Provide a fertile, well drained soil and full sunlight. This plant cannot tolerate the hot humid conditions of the South.