Photo courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden
Native to eastern Europe, the common lilac has migrated far and wide in the 500 years since Ottoman gardeners sent plants to their peers in Europe. In North America, for example, the lilac arrived in the 1700s and can now be found growing wild from Arkansas to Hudson Bay and British Columbia to Nova Scotia.
When gardeners love a plant, they share it. That explains in part the travels of the lilac. A hardy, reliable deciduous shrub that flowers generously, it earned its ticket. The flowers are prized as much for their perfume as their profusion, in fact, renowned for the sweetness and strength of their fragrance.
Nursery folk share credit for spreading the lilac. They learned early to keep an eye on their nurseries for new colors, leaf shapes, and plant sizes. So today we have hundreds of choices. You can glimpse the profusion by roaming the site of the International Lilac Society. Better yet, find a copy of Lilacs: a Gardener’s Encyclopedia, by Father John L. Fiala, who, over a long career, bred many cultivars of lilacs (and crabapples, but that’s a different book).
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