The Lilacs come out throughout the month of May. There is a row of Lilac bushes or trees spanning through the next five yards to the west of us. They bloom one at a time heading east, with ours being the last to flower, and yes- it smells as incredible as you would imagine.
Lilac Bush – The lilac bush generally blooms fragrant flowers in mid May for about 2 weeks. The most common flowers are a lilac purple or light pink in color. While these shrubs can grown anywhere from 5 – 15 feet, you most often will find the gorgeous flowers to be the perfect hight to enjoy the wonderful lilac aroma that brings back memories. Oh the glorious scent of Lilacs!
Location: Chicago, IL
Common Names: Lilac Tree, Lilac Bush, Lilac Shrub
Botanical Name: Syringa vulgaris
Origin: Native to Southeastern Europe to Eastern Asia
Care: Lilacs bloom best with plenty of afternoon sun and well drained soil.
Toxicity: Lilac flowers can be eaten and are sometimes included in cocktails.
Fun Facts: Lilacs are a member of the olive family. There are over 1,000 varieties of Lilacs in 7 different colors. New Hampshire’s state flower is the Lilac.