Common lilac is an upright, multi-stemmed, suckering, deciduous shrub that matures to 12-16ft tall and 8-12ft wide if they are left alone, they can reach 20ft tall and 15ft wide. It is renowned for its mid to late spring blooming of sweet-scented, 4-lobed, tubular flower that come in lilac, pink, white or purple flowers which bloom in large cone shaped panicles (6-8” long). Flowers give way to lose clusters of smooth, flattened, brown, seed capsules (each 3/ 4” long) which will keep into winter if not removed. Pointed oval to heart shaped leaves (2-5” long) are dark green to gray green. No fall colors. Bark is gray to gray brown.