Can a Lilac Bush Grow in Florida?

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Lilac bush in bloom
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In the springtime, even non-gardeners recognize the strong scent of lilac bushes. If you live in Florida, you may wonder whether you can fill your yard with this beautifully scented bush.

Identification

Lilac bushes are known for their strong fragrance, which begins to fill the air in early May. Lilac bushes have purple, pink and white flowers. Before planting a lilac bush, consider the fact that mature lilac bushes can reach 12 feet in height and 8 feet in width.

Types

Lilac is a genus of several species. These species include hyacinth lilac, Chinese lilac, Persian lilac, common lilac, Preston lilac, dwarf Korean lilac, and Japanese tree lilac.

Geography

Northern Florida lies within U.S. Department of Agriculture Plant Hardiness Map zone 9 and southern Florida lies within USDA plant hardiness zone 10. Cutleaf lilac and Syringa patula -- also known as Miss Kim and Manchurian lilac -- can grow in zone 9.

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