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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Upper Garden
  • Bowling Green

  • Hardiness Zones

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005


    Large fragrant bouquets of purple flowers make this shrub the queen of spring in the northern garden.

    Latin Name

    Syringa vulgaris


    Family

    Oleaceae


    Type of Plant

    Shrubs

    Bloom Season

    April - May


    Seasons

    Spring

    Specifications

    Max Height: 16'
    Max Spread: 12'

    Uses

  • Hedge
  • Ornamental

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun
    Part Sun

    Tolerances

  • Rabbit
  • Deer
  • Clay Soil

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Butterflies
    Hummingbird

    Colors


    Native Range

    Southeastern Europe


    History

    Washington planted a number of lilacs around his home.


    Other Details

    Pollinator
    Grown by Washington

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

    Bring Washington's Garden Home

    Purchase our historic seeds, collected from plants grown at Mount Vernon and plant them in your own garden.

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