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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 Eastern Europe.

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 Lilac.

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 bushes.

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.

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