Oleaceae (olive family) Syringa

Syringa vulgaris lilac

Syringa vulgaris opposite, simple leaves. John Rawlings, ca. 2005.

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.

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

About this Entry: The main text of this entry is from the book Trees of Stanford and Environs, by Ronald Bracewell, published 2005.