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Dwarf Korean Lilac

Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’

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Dwarf Korean Lilac

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You can make a dramatic impact throughout your landscape with help from the Dwarf Korean Lilac (Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’). Despite the small size, these compact lilacs produce full-sized reddish-purple flowers. The fragrant lavender flowers are guaranteed to enchant any space. Make the Dwarf Korean lilac a part of your next landscaping project.

Plant Attributes

Many people love lilacs for their pale purple and scented blooms, but these varieties take up a lot of space. You don’t have to worry about the Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’. This variety blooms later than those hybrid French lilacs. With these compact lilacs, your yard will flourish with fragrant blooms for several weeks.

In the spring, the Dwarf Korean lilac blossoms with clusters of full-sized flowers. Pale lavender blooms cover this shrub for the springtime. If you love lilacs, this is the plant for you. Every branch tip is covered in fragrant purple flowers. As the dark purple buds open, they fade into a spectacular lavender shade.

Along with the flowers, the Dwarf Korean lilac features beautiful foliage. The ruffled leaves are dark green on the top and have a lighter green color for their undersides. When the blooms are finished for the season, you can enjoy a massive solid green screen. Most lilacs are not known for their fall color, but the Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’ produces a fantastic reddish-purple autumn hue.

Landscape Use

This Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’ is perfect in any space. You can use it as a single specimen or as a compact hedgerow for your landscape. Line your property with the Dwarf Korean lilac. You need to plant these shrubs about 2 to 3 feet apart from the center for a continuous screen and natural flowering hedge.

The Dwarf Korean lilac creates a modern look for your foundation plantings. They will not grow too tall to block any views. Edge these lilacs with small evergreens. The Dwarf Korean thrives as a large container plant. Make sure to place them in the sunniest spot in your yard. For a dramatic impact, the Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’ shines as a mass planting.

As an accent plant, the Dwarf Korean lilac is right at home in a mixed border. When planted by themselves, these shrubs excel as specimen plants. The Dwarf Korean lilac grows naturally into a rounded shape. For some added appeal, place them along the sides of your driveway. However, a single plant also can make an enchanting focal point.

Planting & Care

The Dwarf Korean lilac thrives in a wide variety of conditions. It is hardy for USDA growing zones 3 to 7. The big blooming lilac needs a sunny and well-draining spot in your yard. If you have an area with poor drainage, make sure to create an 18-inch mound for planting. Young plants require a moderate amount of water to help establish during the first growing season.

You will not have to worry about pruning this shrub. If you want to cut this lilac, let the first flowers bloom in May and prune the tips after the flowers are spent. You never want to prune in the summer, fall, or winter. By doing that, you will remove any flowers that would produce blooms in the spring. Sunlight is critical for the most fragrant and beautiful blooms. For the best performance from your Dwarf Korean lilac, plant it in direct sun.

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If you want to have a beautiful flowering lilac in your yard, make sure to choose the Dwarf Korean. These elegant blooms last longer than most lilac varieties, and you can expect full blooms throughout the spring season. After the flowers, the shrub continues to delight with its dark green foliage.

Arbor Valley Nursery can help you bring the Dwarf Korean lilac home. We are a shrub nursery that offers a wide range of plants, trees, flowers, and more. If you want to learn about this beautiful shrub, fill out the contact form.

Plant Features

  • Plant Type: Shrub
  • Watering Needs: Moderate, but water regularly in extreme heat
  • Botanical Pronunciation: sih-REEN-gah MY-er-eye
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Deciduous
  • Growth rate: Medium
  • Average landscape size: Reaches 4 to 6 feet tall and 5 to 7 feet wide
  • Special features: Compact size, blooms later than other lilacs, reddish fall color
  • Foliage color: Dark green
  • Blooms: Spring
  • Flower color: Lavender purple
  • Flower attributes: Large blooms, slightly fragrant
  • Garden style: Cottage, Rustic
  • Design Ideas: Perfectly sized for small, compact hedgerows. Makes excellent screening plants for a patio or deck. Exceptional foundation plant when mixed with darker evergreens. Use in a mixed border for a more dramatic look to your yard. The spectacular dark green foliage and light spring blooms make a great specimen plant.
  • Companion Plants: Sprinter boxwood, dogwoods, and flowering cherries

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