The genus Syringa, commonly known as lilacs, encompasses a group of flowering plants renowned for their aromatic blooms and ornamental value. Lilacs have an incredible late-spring bloom, with thick bunches of tiny white, pink, purple or maroon flowers. Varieties can grow in shrub and tree form, and are generally pest and deer resistant. Lilacs can add the perfect splash of cool color to the garden palette.

Botanical Background:

  • Syringa belongs to the family Oleaceae and comprises over 20 species, primarily native to Europe and Asia.
  • Lilacs are deciduous shrubs or small trees known for their clusters of fragrant, tubular flowers in various colors, including shades of purple, pink, white, and blue.
  • The leaves are typically opposite, simple, and ovate to heart-shaped, providing an attractive backdrop to the vibrant blossoms.

Historic Significance:

  • Lilacs have a rich history, dating ba