Nothing announces the arrival of spring quite like the welcoming fragrance of the lilac. Their lavender, pink or white cluster blossoms don't last long, but provide a shot of early beauty to awakening gardens. Lilac varieties include trees, shrubs and bushes. They are hardy in zones 3 and higher.
Lilac trees are a single trunk tree with blooms at the top. They can grow to heights of 15 feet or more.
The lilac bush makes a great privacy screen or hedge border. They grow to about 6-feet high and have many branches for a fuller bloom presentation.
There are smaller dwarf varieties of lilacs perfect for smaller gardens or to use in a mixed bed of other small shrubs. These grow to about 3-feet high.
Caring for Lilacs
Lilacs like full sun, but are tolerant of partial shade. Low maintenance, they can withstand even the harshest of winters.
Lilac Fun Facts
There are over 1,000 varieties of lilacs. They came from Europe and Asia, making their way to the U.S. in the 1700s. There were lilacs in the gardens of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. The trees can survive for hundreds of years.
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