This well-loved and extremely hardy flowering shrub is essential food for bees early in the season. The fragrant flowers are astringent but medicinal and can be used in teas and salads. Used as early bee food and has edible flowers. Tolerant of clay soils. Likes moisture when getting established. Mulch well.
Scientific name: Syringa vulgari
Purchase size: 4-5 ft 2-3 yrs old
Max height: 5-8 ft shrub
Plant hardiness zone: 3-7
Light: Full sun