Lilac (Syringa) Varieties
By most accounts, there are over one thousand varieties of lilacs. That's
right, over one thousand varieties! Lilacs originated in the Balkans and
The California Lilac or Ceanothus, is unrelated to the Common Lilac (Syringa).
The California Lilac is different in several ways. Perhaps the biggest
difference, is that the California Lilac is an evergreen.
Learn more about the California
There also is a large variety of Asian Lilacs.
Lilac (Syringa) lovers enjoy a wide range of colors, sizes and types of blooms.
The most common Lilac colors are "Lilac", lavender, white, pink, blue, and
purple, with many shades of these colors. There is single and double petal
varieties. Bushes can grow tall, as much as 30 feet. And, there are dwarf
sizes which only grow about three feet high.
The largest collection of lilac bushes in one place, is Highland Park in
Rochester, N.Y. which boasts over 500 varieties, and more than 1,000
Of particular note, is the less known California Lilac bushes, or Ceanothus.
This Lilac bush is native to California and western U.S. If you live in this
area, you likely know of them.
Did you Know? While most lilacs bloom in the spring, there are a few
varieties that bloom in the summer.
Lilac Bushes select from popular Lilac varieties