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Common Lilacs

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Goal
Task
Where Global, anywhere on the planet
Description

**This project is no longer active**

Plant a lilac or a dogwood and contribute to a phenology monitoring project over 50 years in existence! Participants plant a lilac or dogwood clone and record observations of recurring life cycle stages such as leafing and flowering via the USA-NPN webpage. Observations of cloned plants made over large geographical regions are valuable in predicting crop yields and bloom dates of other species, controlling insect and disease infestations, and assisting with monitoring the impact of global climate change.

The cloned lilac available through the USA-NPN is Syringa x chinensis, 'Red Rothomagensis'. The cloned dogwood soon available is Cornus florida, ‘Appalachian Spring’. Generally, lilacs grow throughout the northern and central US, while dogwoods are better grown by observers in the southeast and gulf states. Review the purchase options on our website, and once you have received your cloned plant, check the information on selecting a site for planting and how to take care of your cloned plant. Cloned plant phenology is observed and recorded using the monitoring instructions found on the How to Observe page and using the details on the plant profile page.

How to Join

To find out how to participate in the cloned plants project, visit our webpage at http://www.usanpn.org/nn/lilac.

You can purchase plants directly from Jung Seed Company (review options for purchase at http://www.usanpn.org/nn/lilac?q=lilac-details) for $10 each (minimum purchase of 2 plants).

We also encourage individuals with existing common lilacs (Syringa vulgaris) to participate!

Website https://www.usanpn.org/nn/lilacs
Expenses $20
Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity At school, At home
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags environment, lilac, nature, plants
Project Updated 04/12/2017