Syringa vulgaris is a leggy, suckering, deciduous shrub, somewhat irregular in shape. Leaves are medium green, ovate to heart-shaped, and up to 5 inches long. Flowers of Victor Lemoine are double, lilac-pink to bluish-lavender. This species is the common lilac, also referred to as French lilac, that most of us are familiar with; extremely fragrant flowers on dense panicles, appearing in late spring to early summer. The following years’ flower buds are produced by midsummer, so if pruning is necessary, it’s best to do so before July.