Syringa vulgaris is a leggy, suckering, deciduous shrub, somewhat irregular in shape. Leaves are medium green, ovate to heart-shaped, up to 5 inches long. Flowers of Miss Ellen Willmott are creamy white and double. This species is the common lilac, also referred to as French lilac, that most of us are familiar with; extremely fragrant flowers on 4 to 8 inch dense panicles, appearing in late spring to early summer. Prefers a neutral soil, with peat or leaf mold enrichment.