Syringa vulgaris
Common name: 
Common Lilac
si-RING-ga vul-GAH-ris
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • 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!
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 3      Native to the mountains of eastern and southern Europe
  • Oregon State Univ. campus: behind Ag. and Life Sciences.
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    plant habit, flowering

  • plant habit, flowering

    plant habit, flowering

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    leafy shoot

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    flowering branches

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    flower clusters

  • flower cluster, white

    flower cluster, white

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    fruit, fall

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    plant habit, fall

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    leaves, fall

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    winter twigs, buds