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Lilac, Common purple (Syringa vulgaris)
French name: lilas commun
General: A non-native garden shrub, brought to Canada from Europe, it can grow up to 4 m high and 7 m wide.
Leaves & Twigs: Heart-shaped leaves are smooth and appear before the flowers bloom.
Flowers & Fruit: Small fragrant flowers (florets) grow in clusters 10–20 cm long. Flowers of common purple lilac can vary in colour (depending on the variety).
Habitat: Lilac bushes grow where they have been planted, such as in parks and gardens; but this introduced plant does not grow successfully in the arctic.
Sampling: If possible, select a lilac bush that has pale to medium purple flower buds. Choose a location at least 10 m away from a building or obstacle, and tag a typical shrub for observation.