Syringa vulgaris

alaskaman53

Joined August 2008

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It is a large deciduous shrub or multi-stemmed small tree, growing to 6–7 m high, producing secondary shoots (“suckers”) with stem diameters of up to 20 cm. from the base or roots, which in the course of decades may produce a small clonal thicket.4 The bark is grey to grey-brown, smooth on young stems, longitudinally furrowed and flaking on older stems. The leaves are simple, 4–12 cm long and 3–8 cm broad, light green to glaucous, oval to cordate, with pinnate leaf venation, a mucronate apex and an entire margin. They are arranged in opposite pairs or occasionally in whorls of three. The flowers have a tubular base to the corolla 6–10 mm long with an open four-lobed apex 5–8 mm across, usually lilac to mauve, occasionally white. They are arranged in a dense, terminal panicle 8-18 cm long. The fruit is a dry, smooth brown capsule, 1–2 cm long, splitting in two to release the two winged seeds.15
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