late lilac Oleaceae Syringa villosa
Leaf:Opposite, simple, elliptical to ovate, entire, 3 to 6 inches, veins a bit sunken, dark green above, paler below, mid-vein fuzzy on leaf underside.
Flower:Purple to white (cultivar dependent), fragrant (not as much as Syringa vulgaris), each 1/2 inch long, trumpet shaped with 4 lobes; occur in terminal clusters of current years growth, appearing in late spring to early summer.
Fruit:Dry, brown capsules, 1/2 inch long in large, open clusters at ends of twigs.
Twig:Stout, gray-brown, numerous lenticels; buds large, ovate and pointed, brown.
Bark:Gray to gray-brown, smooth with many lenticels ,but may become a bit shreddy or scaly when large.
Form:A large, dense, rounded shrub up to 10 feet tall and wide.