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New York State Bush

Lilac flowers; photo by Rachel on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share-alike).

Official State Bush of New York

The lilac bush (Syringa vulgaris) was designated the official state bush of New York state in 2006. New Hampshire also recognizes the lilac as a state symbol (lilac blossom is the state flower). All State Plants - State Flowers

Lilac Facts

The lilac is an ornamental shrub with showy, very aromatic blooms in early spring. Lilacs have a scent that is stronger than roses that carries quite a distance. There are over 1,000 varieties of lilacs in several colors including white and pink (the most popular colors are lilac and purple). A lilac bush can live for hundreds of years.

Originally from Europe and Asia, lilacs date back to the 1750's in America - they were planted in our first botanical gardens and both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew lilacs in their gardens.