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Your Lilacs Will Live Longer Than You

Do you love lilacs as much as we do? Then you should know a few things… like how long these beautiful plants will live. (Hint: they will likely outlive you!) These gorgeous bushes are famed for their purple blooms, so much so even Greek mythology has a story for how they came to be! Read on to discover 10 weird facts about lilacs.

Lilacs Are Royalty

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Lilacs are aptly named, “Queen of Shrubs.” It’s easy to see why, they are so regal and beautiful. Long live lilacs!

Life Expectancy

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Speaking of long life, lilacs can live up to 100 years! That’s quite a commitment. Make sure you leave your lilac bush to someone worthy of her beauty!

Variety Is The Spice Of Life

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Did you know there are over 1,000 different varieties of lilacs?! Crazy!

Tall Beauties

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True lilac trees (instead of shrubs or bushes), like the Peking tree lilac and the Japanese tree lilac can grow up to 30 feet tall!

Tough Stuff

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While they may seem delicate, lilacs are actually quite hardy. Some varieties have been known to survive winter temps of -60!

Brief Beauty

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Most lilacs only bloom for about 3 weeks in the springtime. While their beauty is brief, it’s certainly unforgettable, and totally worth it!

The Biggest Fan

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Founding father, Thomas Jefferson loved lilacs. He even wrote about them and sketched them in his gardening book.

Good For Food

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Lilacs are edible and make for a surprisingly sweet treat in yogurt, frosting, tea and other snacks. Their sweet scent also makes them perfect for use in lotions, perfumes, and candles.

Love

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In the language of flowers, red roses symbolize love and desire, while lilacs represent first love, and youthful innocence.

Most Fragrant

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If you’re stopping to smell the flowers, try to get a whiff of a purple lilac on a sunny day; that’s when they’ll be most fragrant!

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