The Lilac Tree
Lilacs grow in many areas of the country, but the salt water wash of Cape Cod seems to plump up their blooms, enhance their sweet perfume, and deepen the green of their heart-shaped leaves. Or maybe it seems that way because Spring on the Cape is slow to arrive, so the flowers are more appreciated.
Most lilacs grow as a shrub or a bush. But did you know there is a lilac tree? The tree species was brought to the U.S. from Europe and Asia in the 18th century. The tree can grow up to thirty feet high and wide enough for shade. It can live a hundred years.
I have never seen an old lilac tree, but I’m on a quest to find one.