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The Tree Form Tinkerbelle® Lilac is a cute little pixie of a tree that will make a charming accent piece in your entryway garden, foundation plantings, or patio area. Shaped like a lollipop, this petite grafted specimen tree raises its attractive foliage and perky pink blossoms above surrounding plantings for all to see. Put it near a well-traveled path where you and your guests will be sure to spy it when coming or going, and where you’ll inhale its sweet perfume when it blooms in late spring. Unlike your grandma’s Lilac, Tinkerbelle® won’t get mildewy leaves, and it will never outgrow its allotted space, making it perfect for today’s smaller landscapes.
Tinkerbelle® Lilac has its birthplace in the upper Midwest (so you know it’s cold-hardy!) and was developed by a plant breeder named Neal Holland in North Dakota in the 1970s. Holland crossed two dwarf Lilacs to create the hybrid plant: one parent was the dapper and uber-popular Dwarf Korean Lilac, and the other was the fragrant and floriferous ‘Superba’ Littleleaf Lilac. From the crop that resulted from that pairing, Tinkerbelle® was a standout for its dense habit, its superior hardiness, and its abundant wine-red buds which open to spicy-scented pink flowers. It was put into production by Bailey Nurseries of St. Paul, Minnesota and marketed under their line of compact Lilacs known as the Fairytale® Series.
Normally taking the form of a small shrub, Tinkerbelle® Lilac gets a new treatment in the Bower & Branch™ version. Our growers have grafted the low-growing plant onto a trunk, or “standard,” so that it looks like a tidy little tree. The trunk belongs to the Japanese Tree Lilac, a wonderful Lilac Tree loved for—among other things—its showy, mahogany-brown, Cherry-like bark. Which means that from head to toe, this one’s a looker!
How to Grow
To ensure that your Tree Form Tinkerbelle® Fairytale Lilac lives happily ever after in your landscape, there are only a few things you should be aware of. You’ll want to be sure to plant it in a location where it can receive full sun all day and in soil that is well drained. It will grow well in many types of soil, but it can’t cope with “wet feet.” Those in the northern states will have the most success with this cold-loving tree; it may struggle in the Deep South. Otherwise, this cutie pie is easygoing and generally pest- and disease-free. Do any pruning directly after the blooms fade, so as to not sacrifice the next year’s blossoms (the flower buds are formed in summer).
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Grown in our#10 tree container. This fun tree form Lilac is sure to bring you joy for years to come.
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