Native Trees & Shrubs - Syringa Lewis

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 Western syringa or mock orange is one of the outstanding native plants of western North America. It is the local version of the European mock orange that is cultivated worldwide. The name “mock orange” is derived from the characteristic “orange-blossom” fragrance that permeates a wide swath of real estate around blooming plants. Western syringa is a deciduous shrub that grows to a height of 10 feet. The plants tend to grow upright and without maintenance can become leggy. The large, four-petaled, fragrant, white flowers are the attraction for this species. Bloom usually occurs in late May or June. The foliage is somewhat plain, making the plant somewhat common (although not ugly) in their post-bloom phase.

Native Habitat:  Syringa is native to Idaho (where it is the state flower), Montana, and the Pacific states. Grows in a range of habitats, from riparian to dry wooded or brushy slopes. Elevation range is from sea level to 6,500 feet.