Lilacs, or Syringa vulagris, grow on shrubs that can be up to 30 feet tall but generally only reach about eight feet. While there are over 1,000 varieties of Lilac, Lilac is generally purple, hence the shade of color called Lilac.

Lilacs have a very fragrant, sweet smell. The blooms cover the branches of the shrub, with many small florets. The flowers form from the ends of the branches about six inches down. The rest of the branch is covered in light green leaves.

A spring and summer perennial, the Lilac needs very little care, with the exception of light pruning. This shrub can greatly brighten up a yard, but because it is so vibrant it doesn?t do well in a flower bed or garden spot. The Lilac should be given a portion of the yard for itself.

In a floral arrangement, Lilacs make wonderful centerpieces. A vase of Lilacs can scent an entire home and look lovely in crystal. But to prolong the vase life, flowers should be put in cool water. When cutting the blooms from the shrub, make sure to pick all over the bush so that you don?t create a bald spot on the shrub.

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