Plant ID forum: Re: Unknown shrub

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Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
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bxncbx
May 12, 2016 2:59 PM CST
Does anyone have any idea what this shrub is? The flowers smell heavenly! These are planted outside one of my work sites.

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Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
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kylaluaz
May 12, 2016 3:04 PM CST
I think it's a lilac, Syringa vulgaris, though the leaves look a bit rounder than I am used to. But given the smell and what the flowers look like, that's my bet.
Name: Elena
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bxncbx
May 12, 2016 4:57 PM CST
I did think it smelled a bit like lilac. I had no idea you could shape them like a boxwood and still have them bloom! These are cut quite short for a lilac. I always wanted a lilac but thought I didn't have space for one. I may have to rethink that! Thank You!
Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
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kylaluaz
May 12, 2016 5:09 PM CST
Perhaps it is a special variety? Can you ask at the place where they grow? (I realize that's a real shot in the dark but someone may know.)
Name: Kyla
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kylaluaz
May 12, 2016 5:13 PM CST
Well, here you go! Dwarf Korean Lilac: http://www.cleancutproperty.com/shrubs-2/dwarf-korean-lilac/

The leaves also have that rounded shape. Syringa Meyeri 'Palibin' is the botanical name given at that site.
Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
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bxncbx
May 12, 2016 5:33 PM CST
Thank you so much! I never would have been able to since the landscaping is contracted out. The lilacs have been there for years so I'm not sure when they were planted. Doubtful anyone would have any idea since I only see the crews planting annuals.

I'm just amazed that this plant exists! I don't know why it isn't more popular in big cities where space is a premium. It makes a lovely hedge.
Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
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kylaluaz
May 12, 2016 6:21 PM CST
Good question. Anyway, you're welcome, and if you get one I hope it flourishes! :)

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