How to Care for a Dwarf Korean Lilac Tree

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Some plants deserve a special spot in the garden, and the dwarf Korean lilac (Syringa meyeri Palibin) is one of them. Next to a certain window you keep open to allow the late-spring or early-summer fresh air in, adjacent to a patio where the family congregates, or anywhere the gorgeous flower display and heady scent can be appreciated are all proper places to grow a dwarf Korean lilac. This deciduous shrub remains under 6 feet tall with an equal spread, giving it a compact, rounded appearance. Purple flowers bloom in May and persist for two weeks along 4-inch panicles. Care is easy when grown within its U.S. Department of Agriculture Hardiness Zones 3 through 7.

Things You'll Need

  • Fertilizer
  • Pruning shears
  • Provide the dwarf Korean lilac with 1 inch of water a week. During hot and/or windy periods, you may need to water twice a week. If the soil is dry to the touch, water.

  • Fertilize the dwarf Korean lilac with a 10-10-10 formula, at the rate listed on the package for the size of your shrub. Apply the fertilizer in the spring, prior to new growth. Sprinkle it on the soil at the widest part of the plant and water the top 2 inches of soil after fertilizing.

  • Encourage the dwarf Korean lilac to provide more flowers by cutting off old flowers as they die.

  • Prune the bush back by one-third of its original size, if needed, immediately after flowering. At this time you can shape it to your taste and remove any weak and dying branches.

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