The French Lilac or Common Lilac, is an upright, deciduous shrub which grows 8-15' tall. Leaves are ovate to cordate and dark green to 5" long. Light purple, sweetly fragrant, single flowers are arranged in dense, pyramidal, terminal clusters (panicles) which cover this shrub in late April to early May. In North American gardens, this is a very hardy shrub. Lilacs can withstand severely cold winters (to -31 degrees F) and in fact the species does not grow well in areas without significant frost in wintertime. An ideal bonsai specimen.
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