Syringa vulgaris. LILAC. Eurasia
OLEACAEAE (Olive family)

The fragrant lilac has been tried on campus, but not many specimens seem to have survived; perhaps Stanford’s winters are not cold enough. The wood, even though of small dimensions, is prized for small craft jobs. The single-flowered ‘Lavender Lady’, which was developed for warmer climates, is growing and blooming in Hilgard Court at Rains Houses, at unit 28 and behind unit 26.

Illustrations: opposite, simple leaves

Additions/Revisions:

Name derivation, genus | species: probably from Greek syrinx (pipe), in reference to the stems of Philadelphus to which the name was originally applied until transferred to this genus | common

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Botanical name index | Common name index | Family
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