Syringa vulgaris Oleaceae
Common Lilac si-RING-ga vul-GAH-ris
- Deciduous shrub, 10-15(20) ft [3-4.5(6) m], upright, leggy, irregular outline. Leaves opposite, simple, ovate or broad-ovate, 5-13 cm long, acuminate, entire, dark green to almost bluish green. Flowers borne in large (10-20 cm long), terminal, upright clusters, lavender (common) or white, very fragrant. Fruit an elongated capsule, 1-1.5 cm long, somewhat flat, smooth, apex pointed, brown, persistent.
- Sun, grows better in colder climate, prefers neutral or lime soil. At least 400 cultivars, possibly even more than 800!
- Flowers of a few cultivars:
- Hardy to USDA Zone 3 Native to the mountains of eastern and southern Europe.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: behind Ag. and Life Sciences.