late lilac Oleaceae Syringa villosa Vahl Listen to the Latin symbol: SYVI3 Other Fact Sheets
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.

Looks like: Japanese tree lilac - common lilac
leaf flower fruit twig bark form1 map
Additional Range Information:
Syringa villosa is planted in the USDA hardiness zones shown above and is not known to widely escape cultivaton.
External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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