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Lilacs for Descanso Gardens

Lilac (Syringa) is a tall shrub that grows up to 22 feet tall. It has attractive, aromatic foliage and bears wonderfully scented lilac, blue or pink flowers previous year's growth in spring. It suckers heavily and is one of Descanso's own 'passalong plants.' These do well as in a shrub border or as a specimen plant.

Molly Jean says: 'Because my Mother was born in England, my parents planted English Lilac (species name unknown) in the 1930's. I have a number of rows of this plant, which grows well in our climate. It needs to be in the sun in order to bloom well. Some of these plants are now over fifty years old and still blooming. Many send up new runners every year!'

(For native lilac, see Ceanothus )

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