miniature lilac - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by sse1953
May 6, 2010
we stayed at the comfort inn suites in troy ohio and they had what appeared to be a miniature lilac with purple lilac looking blooms and small leaves -- can you identify this plant for me

Answer from NGA
May 6, 2010
It may have truly been a miniature lilac. The dwarf Korean lilac, scientifically known as Syringa meyeri 'Palibin,' typically grows to a height of 4 to 5 feet, usually spreads 5 to 7 feet, and has a compact shape. The plant has small, dark green foliage and is well known for the lavender flowers that cover its shape with fragrant blooms in May.

On the other hand, if the leaves were dark green and had a textured, almost wrinkled look, the plant may have been Ceanothus americanus (New Jersey tea).

Hope it's one of these. You can probably find photos if you do a web search.

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