Albania; Arizona; Arkansas; Austria; Belgium; British Columbia; Bulgaria;
Colorado; Connecticut; Czechoslovakia; District of Columbia; France; Germany;
Great Britain; Greece; Hungary; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Ireland; Italy; Kansas;
Kentucky; Korea; Krym; Maine; Maryland; Masachusettes; Michigan; Minnesota;
Missouri; New Brunswick; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North
Carolina; Nova Scotia; Ohio; Oklahoma; Ontario; Pennsylvania; Prince Edward I.;
Qubec; Rhode I.; Romania; Saskatchewan; South Dakota; Spain; Switzerland;
Tennessee; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Yugoslavia
as per Catalogue of Life;

C. Albania to NC. Romania (as per WCSP)

S. vulgaris is a large deciduous shrub or multistemmed small tree, growing to 6–7 m (20–23 ft) high, producing secondary shoots (“suckers”) from the base or roots, with stem diameters up to 20 cm (8 in), which in the course of decades may produce a small clonal thicket.[7] The bark is grey to grey-brown, smooth on young stems, longitudinally furrowed, and flaking on older stems. The leaves are simple, 4–12 cm (2–5 in) and 3–8 cm broad, light green to glaucous, oval to cordate, with pinnate leaf venation, a mucronate apex, and an entire margin. They are arranged in opposite pairs or occasionally in whorls of three. The flowers have a tubular base to the corolla 6–10 mm long with an open four-lobed apex 5–8 mm across, usually lilac to mauve, occasionally white. They are arranged in dense, terminal panicles 8–18 cm (3–7 in) long. The fruit is a dry, smooth, brown capsule, 1–2 cm long, splitting in two to release the two-winged seeds.[1][8]

The lilac is a very popular ornamental plant in gardens and parks, because of its attractive, sweet-smelling flowers, which appear in early summer just before many of the roses and other summer flowers come into bloom.[17]
In late summer, lilacs can be attacked by powdery mildew, specifically Erysiphe syringae, one of the Erysiphaceae.[18] No fall color is seen and the seed clusters have no aesthetic appeal.
Common lilac tends to flower profusely in alternate years, a habit that can be improved by deadheading the flower clusters after the color has faded and before seeds, few of which are fertile, form. At the same time, twiggy growth on shoots that have flowered more than once or twice can be cut to a strong, outward-growing side shoot.
It is widely naturalised in western and northern Europe.[8] In a sign of its complete naturalization in North America, it has been selected as the state flower of the state of New Hampshire, because it “is symbolic of that hardy character of the men and women of the Granite State”.[19] Additional hardiness, for Canadian gardens, was bred for in a series of S. vulgaris hybrids by Isabella Preston, who introduced many of the later-blooming varieties, whose later-developing flower buds are better protected from late spring frosts; the Syringa x prestoniae hybrids range primarily in the pink and lavender shades.[20]

(from Wikipedia on 26.6.16)



Syringa vulgaris : Srinagar : 23JUN16 : AK-39 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (2)

Syringa vulgaris from Botanical Garden in Srinagar.

Identity credit …
Pictures taken on 24th April.





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back on the group after a long long time. I have some pictures of flowers taken in Srinagar and surrounds for ID. Can somebody help me

Location: Srinagar, Kashmir
This was a shrub growing behind Chasme shahi gardens in the wild

looks like Syringa emodi

did these flowers have an unpleasant smell?
one of the diagnostic characteristic of this lilac..(the entire family has good smell except for this one in particular) … lilacs are very popular in europe and north america, heady sweet smell..except this one…

Actually It did not have any fragrance tat I remember

Syringa vulgaris Not S. emodi.


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