Fragrant and beautiful, the purple lilac is strong flower grown in gardens for its appealing size and beauty. New Hampshire has a state flower as well as a state wildflower, and the two couldn’t be more different. While the state flower of New Hampshire is strong and sturdy in gardens, the state wildflower is delicate and small, growing in the acrid soil of pine forests. The purple lilac is recognized as the state flower of New Hampshire while the pink lady’s slipper is known as the state wildflower of New Hampshire.
The State Flower of New Hampshire
The state flower of New Hampshire was imported from England and planted at the governor’s house in 1750. It has continued to grow and thrive in this Northeastern state since that time. In 1919, the purple lilac was named the state flower of New Hampshire and only won after beating out a litany of other flowers put up for the honor including the purple aster and apple blossom. The purple lilac was selected as the state flower finally as it symbolized the hardy character of the men and women of the Granite State.”
These small trees or large shrubs grow up to ten feet tall with simple green leaves and purple blossoms that grow in groupings along the end of the trees. The panicles of flowers produce a strong fragrance. The purple lilac blooms between mid spring and early summer.
Growing Purple Lilac
The small trees of purple lilac are similar to other ornamental trees when planted. Purple lilac plants are hardy from zones three to seven and when planted in full sunlight, you can expect the purple lilac to grow beautifully. The taller purple lilacs are often planted as a privacy screen in yards as they grow up to ten feet in height and width with full branches and plenty of flowers and foliage.