Lilac

Syringa vulgaris

Native to Europe, this small tree can be found in almost any soil type but does not tolerate poorly drained soils. Its flowers are extracted for an essential oil and dyes can be produced from its leaves, flowers and twigs. It can readily seed and become naturalized.
Habitat:
Planted as an ornamental.
Growth Habit:
Small tree or tall, deciduous shrub, growing to 7 m tall.
Bloom Time:
Late spring.
Longevity:
Moderate.
Presence in US:
AR CO CT DC IA IL IN KS KY MA MD ME MI MN MO NC NH NJ NM NY OH OR PA RI SD TN UT VA VT WI WV
Presence in Canada:
BC NB NS ON PE QC SK