The dwarf lilac bush, or Syringa meyeri, is often popularly known as the dwarf Korean lilac bush. This delicate, lovely bush is singular in its divinely scented lavender-pink blossoms, yet underneath its fragile appearance belies a native hardiness that makes the dwarf lilac bush an excellent choice for any garden in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 3 through 7. First discovered by adventurer Frank Meyer on a trip to China, today the dwarf lilac bush is a common addition to gardens across the United States as well. Unlike its lilac cousins, the dwarf lilac bush is resistant to fungal and pest issues such as mildew and borers, making it a better choice for areas where these issues tend to recur despite the gardener's best efforts to the contrary. Learn how to care for the dwarf lilac bush in your own home garden or landscape setting.
The dwarf lilac bush is hardy as long as its basic care requirements are met. The dwarf lilac bush requires access to at least six hours of direct sunlight daily, rich and moist soil with excellent drainage, and frequent hydration as it grows. To further reduce the likelihood of fungal or pest issues, be sure to allow for adequate space for the new bush to grow and spread out. A mature dwarf lilac bush can reach five feet high and a width of the same.
The dwarf lilac bush will begin to bloom in late spring and continue throughout mid summer. As the blossoms fade, deadheading and pinching can encourage more enthusiastic reblooming. The dwarf lilac bush is a great choice for a foundation planting, a border or accent shrub, a specimen planting, as well as for massed plantings. It is also a good choice for urban settings due to its high tolerance for pollution.