Caring for dwarf lilacs is easy as long as basic growing and care requirements are met. Named for the gentleman who first popularized the dwarf lilac in the United States, Frank Meyer, the dawrf lilac's official name is Siringa Meyeri. It is also commonly called dwarf Korean lilac or simply dwarf lilac. It is a hardy lilac varietal with a compact growing habit and remarkable tolerance to pests and diseases that plague its more fragile lilac peers. The dwarf lilac grows well and easily in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 3 through 7 and is a great choice for foundation plantings, border or accent plantings, and specimen or massed plantings. Learn from experts how to grow and care for dwarf lilacs in your own home garden or lanscape setting.
Dwarf lilacs require access to warm, but not hot, direct sunlight for a minimum of six hours each day. They are tolerant of a wide range of soil pH balances, but need fertile soil that has excellent drainage in order to thrive. The dwarf lilac can also reach five feet high by five feet wide, and requires adequate space and air circulation to reduce the threat of disease or undetected pest issues due to overcrowding.
As the dwarf lilac begins to bloom in the spring season, deadheading the fading blooms will encourage the plant to rebloom. As the seasons change, the foliage will turn from a deep green to a yellow color, and will drop its leaves in the winter. The best time for a more thorough pruning of dwarf lilacs is summer as soon as the bloom season has finished. Low maintenance pruning can be done as needed throughout the year, although care should be taken not to prune too close to winter when sudden temperature drops can expose healing wounds to frost.