The Dwarf Korean Lilac – Syringa meyeri – a hardy flowering shrub adding grace, fragrance and beauty to a garden.
This dwarf lilac provides options. Its attractive compact uniform shape, striking spikes of lilac-purple fragrant flowers (excellent for a fragrant garden), and ability to be planted as a border plant, a stand alone accent specimen bush or a small standard tree make it an excellent on the patio or the landscape.
Also for attracting butterflies to your yard, it is also a good choice.
First, “discovered” in China by Frank Meyer during a visit in 1909, hence the name (Syringa meyeri). He sent cuttings back to America and today the Korean dwarf lilac can be found growing in many American gardens.
Growing to heights of 5 to 7 feet and width of 4 – 5 feet. The Korean lilac would generally be considered a small shrub.
Its pink lavender flowers provide a wonderful distinction which against the plants dark green foliage, which begins as burgundy in spring. When it throws out its lavender blooms the Korean lilac goes all, covering the bush from top to bottom with flowers during May and June – its peak blooming period.
In the fall the leaves turns a bright yellow, and then sheds its leaves. Even during the winter months this delicate deciduous shrub looks attractive with its leafless dark brown stems.
The dwarf lilac bush is a low maintenance, tough plant, easy to maintain and grow.
The tree form of the dwarf lilac tree makes for an ideal plant for use in the garden or as a “featured” patio plant.
Recommended Landscape Applications
- General use in the garden
- Container plant
- Accent plant
Dwarf Lilac Care and Planting
Early spring is the best time of the year to plant the slow growing dwarf Korean lilac. Over time the plant can get leggy as it reaches to a height of 7 foot.
The plant requires full sun. Plants prefer a well drained soil but will grow in a variety of soil types and pH levels. It will also handle both wet and dry locations.
Once planted established the shrub will grow without need of lots of attention. Pruning should only be done after flowering is complete. Pruning old blooms brings fresh blooms. However, the plant looks great even when pruning is not done and allowed to grow wild.
The Korean Lilac flowers in late spring, spreading its delightful fragrance throughout the garden. Resistant to many of the ills such as powdery mildew and lilac borers, it is one of the most versatile among flowering shrubs.