Scientific name: Syringa vulgaris
Category: Trees and bushes
Nature Stars: 50
About: A popular garden plant, introduced from south east Europe, now sometimes found in hedgerows and woodland edges.
How to identify: Recognisable by the glossy, heart-shaped leaves, smooth bark and the spikes of pale pinky-purple flowers which smell sweetly.
Fantastic fact: Lilac wood is often used for making musical instruments.
Photograph credit: Lesley Middlemass