|Fuerst Buelow Common Lilac |
Family Oleaceae - Olive, Ash, Lilac
This variety is famous for its abundant purple flowers and expansive fragrance
Syringa vulgaris 'Fuerst Beulow' common lilac is 67 years old
|Syringa is a genus of about 20–25 species of flowering plants in the olive family (Oleaceae), native to Europe and Asia and naturalized almost worldwide. |
Deciduous shrubs or small trees, ranging in size from 2–10 m tall, lilacs are some of our most beloved flowering shrubs for the home landscape. The leaves are opposite, simple, and heart-shaped to broad lanceolate in most species, pinnate in a few species. The flowers are produced in spring, each flower being 5–10 mm in diameter with a four-lobed corolla, the corolla tube narrow, 5–20 mm long; they are bisexual, with fertile stamens and stigma in each flower .
The usual flower color is lilac, but white, yellow, pink, and dark burgundy colors are possible. Flowers grow in large panicles, and are almost always quite fragrant. Flowering times vary from early spring to early summer. Lilac fruit is a dry brown capsule, splitting in two at maturity to release winged seeds. Lilacs are eaten by larvae of some butterflies and moths, including the Copper Underwing, Svensson's Copper Underwing and some Saras. 
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The olive family contains 25 genera and over 500 species of flowering plants. Most species are native to temperate and tropical regions of the Northern Hemisphere. The best known of this family are olive, ash, privet, lilac, and Forsythia.
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