Syringa vulgaris (common lilac)
Oleaceae (olive family)
Ornamental shrub, mostly multi-stemmed, up to 7 m in height, petiolate leaves, ovate to heart-shaped, flowers in its wild version are blue-violet, fragrant, in panicles. Spread by runners, can form large shrubs. Planted frequently.
Wild colonies in dry shrubs, for example in the vicinity of rocks or on flat ground. Cultivated in gardens and parks in numerous cultivars with white, pink, light to deep purple, rarely pale yellow flowers.
Native to southeastern Europe and northwestern Turkey. Cultivated in Central Europe since the early Middle Ages. Neophyte a wild plant, such as on the rocky slopes of the Middle Rhine Valley.
Viburnum opulus (snowball bush)
Adoxaceae (moschatel family)
Medium-sized deciduous shrub, often several shoots, 4–5 m tall, trilobate to pentalobate leaves with a beautiful fall foliage; white, striking flowers in golden cymes and bright scarlet fruits. Dispersal by animals, for example by birds and foxes.
Grows wild on rich soil at the edges of forests, in bushes and hedgerows. Often also planted, for example in gardens and roadside hedges.
Indigenous to Germany, natural area covers almost the whole of Europe, large parts of northern Asia as well as parts of North Africa.