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It’s Lilac 2.0! Dwarf Korean Lilac reminds you of the sweet-smelling Old-Fashioned Lilacs that people have adored for generations, but with some significant improvements. This dapper plant doesn’t get huge and leggy, and its leaves don’t get ugly powdery mildew in the summer. A part of our Watercolor collection, Dwarf Korean Lilac celebrates spring with loads of pretty lavender-pink blossoms that give off an intoxicating scent. Plant it under your window and enjoy the fragrance without leaving the house. It also makes a fine addition to your entryway garden, mixed borders, or patio plantings.
- Hardiness Zone: 3-7
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Plant explorer Frank Meyer, working for the USDA in the early 1900s, spent years combing the Chinese countryside and cities for plants that could be useful to the West. His haul? An amazing 2,500 new species and varieties. He brought us Gingkoes, Persimmons, Junipers, Bamboos, Soybeans, and the Meyer Lemon that bears his name. He even sent back tins of “bean cheese”—Westerners first taste of tofu? And this Lilac. Strangely, we don’t know where he got the Meyer Lilac, because it has never been found in the wild since.
Dwarf Korean Lilac’s virtues have won it a Gold Medal Plant award from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. Only plants that are easy to grow, free from pests, and beautiful in multiple seasons have a chance of winning this prestigious prize.
How to Grow
Grow this sun-lover in a bright, open area—shade will reduce or eliminate flowering. Dwarf Korean Lilac isn’t fussy about soil as long as it drains well. Water regularly (weekly) and mulch to keep the root zone cool and moist. An annual application of Bower & Branch® Elements Fertilizer will promote healthy growth. Trimming the spent flowers off immediately after bloom will encourage an extra-heavy display the following year; any additional shaping you wish to do may be done at this time, too. Like nearly all Lilacs, Dwarf Korean Lilac loves cold climates and struggles in the Deep South, although it’s more heat-tolerant than many.
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