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Common Purple Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)

Common Purple Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)

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Purple lilacs propagated from some bushes on our farm.

The Purple Lilac is a classic flowering shrub, renowned for its fragrant, purple blossoms. This species typically reaches a height of 12 to 16 feet with a spread of about 8 to 12 feet, making it a prominent feature in any garden setting. It is hardy in USDA zones 3 through 7, which suits a wide range of climates, including many areas in Canada. The Purple Lilac thrives in well-drained soil with a neutral to slightly alkaline pH and prefers full sun to bloom profusely, though it can tolerate light shade.

The most striking feature of the Purple Lilac is its dense clusters of purple flowers, which bloom in late spring. These flowers are not only visually appealing but also emit a strong, sweet fragrance that is highly valued in gardens. After blooming, the plant exhibits dark green foliage that provides a lush backdrop in the landscape.

Historically, lilacs have been a symbol of early love and have held a significant place in literature and art. They are native to Eastern Europe and the Balkans but have been widely cultivated in temperate regions worldwide. The Purple Lilac, in particular, has been a garden favorite for centuries, valued for its stunning blooms and delightful scent.

In addition to their ornamental value, lilacs are also used in perfumery and for making essential oils. Their ease of cultivation and ability to thrive in colder climates make them a popular choice for gardeners looking to add both color and fragrance to their outdoor spaces.

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