My Colby-Sawyer Experience

“I'm a firm believer in getting students out of the classroom and into experiences in nature. If students get out of their element, in a new place that stimulates their senses, that's where the best learning happens.”
Natural Sciences Assistant Professor Nick Baer

175th Celebration

In 2012 the college celebrated 175 years as an institution of teaching and learning. Visit the 175th website for more information and to view photos of the events.

Common lilac Syringa vulgaris
Olive Oleaceae family

Leaves are heart-shaped with long pointed tips growing 2"-5". Leaves are smooth and entire, lighter underneath, and are opposite.

Flowers/Fruits: Flowers are 'lilac' purple and sometimes white in color and very fragrant. They form on 4"-8" stalks and occasionally grow in pairs. Individial flowers are small, tube-like and have four petals. Blooms May to June. Fruits are small, dry caspsules.

Buds/Twigs: Buds are redish and almost square with 2-3 thick scales. Twigs are gray to gray-brown and bark is smooth.

Form/Habitat: This shrub can grow between 8'-15' and spread from 6'-12' wide. Prefers dry, akaline soil.

NWI Status: N/A

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