Lilac (Syringa sp.)

Lilac Bush

Originally uploaded by bill kralovec

Belgrade in April is wonderful and I can’t get enough of the spring flowers. I photographed this blooming Lilac bush at our school last week. They are a popular shrub that is planted in parks and gardens.

The Lilac belongs to the Olive family and there are 25-30 different species in the genus Syringa. They are native to Europe and Asia and are now planted worldwide. There are many festivals in the North America celebrating the beauty of the lilac. The Latin name, syringa refers to the shoots of the bush that can be easily hollowed out and used as flutes and pipes in early history.

In Victorian England, the Lilac symbolized first love, which is quite appropriate that we have these on our high school campus.


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