Botanical name: Syringa vulgaris
Family: Oleaceae (olive)
- A tall, medium size shrub that sometimes looks like a small tree.
- Height is 7 to 16′ and can get up to 12′ wide.
- Leaves are simple, opposite, ovate, 2 to 4 inches long and vibrant green.
- Blossoms in mid. to late spring with sweet fragrant clusters of mauve flowers, 4 to 8 inches long.
- Branches can grow fairly straight or turn into many winding stems moving in a twisting and spiral course.
- Lower parts of the branches and twigs don’t grow leaves
- Bark is light to dark grey, smooth when it is young and shreds when it’s older and larger in diameter.
- Creates many suckers each year.
- Likes Full sun.
- Problems with frequent mildew in humid places.
- Susceptible to leaf miners, scale and borers, leaf spots
- blights, wilt and other viruses.
- Hardiness Zone 3 – 7