Hokkaido Flower Information
The best season for lilacs in Hokkaido is from mid-May to the end of May. As lilacs thrive in a relatively cool climate, they are rarely seen in Honshu. In Hokkaido, lilacs are popular, serving to remind people that spring has come. There are two species, with purple or white flowers. Many of the small flowers form bunches on the lilac trees. The shape of the bunches is somewhat like a bunch of grapes. In Hokkaido, the lilac has been named as the city or town flower for Sapporo City, Naganuma Town and Kushiro City. In Sapporo, the Lilac Festival is held in Odori Park, which has more than 400 lilac trees.