Lilac

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Lilac

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Scientific name: Syringa vulgaris
Lilac is an introduced species in the UK that can sometimes be found in hedgerows and along woodland edges. Flower spikes appear in spring, beautifully scented and packed with small, lilac-pink blooms.

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Height: up to 6m

Conservation status

Introduced, but naturalised species.

When to see

January to December

About

Lilac was introduced from the mountains of south-east Europe in the 16th century as a garden plant and has since become naturalised. It is not common, but can sometimes be found in hedgerows and along woodland edges. It flowers in spring (around May and June) and is often used as an ornamental plant in gardens for both its delicately coloured flower spikes and its lovely fragrance.

What to look for

Lilac has glossy, heart-shaped leaves, smooth bark. It displays spikes of densely packed, small, pale pinky-purple flowers that have a sweet smell.

Where to find

Widespread.

Did you know?

Lilac wood is often used for making musical instruments.