Dwarf Korean Lilac Tree: Unravel the Mystery Behind Growing This Shrub

If you’re looking for a delectable, fragrant tree that attracts both your visitors and the butterflies by your patio, you may have already come across of the wonders that come from growing a Dwarf Korean Lilac Tree.

But if you have somehow missed this wondrous opportunity to rearing this attractive shrub, go no further as I’m dedicating this post exclusively to those who are circling in on this graceful beauty. 

Your curiosity is not unfounded. The Dwarf Korean Lilac Tree is not only enigmatic with its fragrance but also enthuses a lot of homeowners with its bountiful options. Today, we’ll explore more on how Syringa meyeri will add that much-needed flavor in your garden.

We’ll also look into how to care for this special plant in a way that this variety should provide you an inviting flora display only your yard richly deserves.

But before we dabble on the nitty-gritty of that, let’s tackle first how this fragrant flower came into existence! In our discussion, we’ll also briefly discuss how and why this tree is gaining such an attraction from today’s garden owners.

Dwarf Korean Lilac Tree

Its Discovery & Anatomy

Dwarf Korean Lilac Tree

The Dwarf Korean Lilac Tree was first discovered in East Asia by Frank Meyer during his visit in China in 1909. This is where the moniker “Syringa meyeri” was derived. Accordingly, Meyer sent the tree’s cuttings back to the U.S. Currently, you can find Korean Dwarf Lilac growing in most American gardens.

This tree usually grows to a height of five to seven feet with a width of four to five feet. As such, the Korean Lilac is generally considered as a small shrub. As small as it appears, the tree’s pink lavender flowers give a considerable distinction against plants that feature a dark green foliage, the like of which gets a burgundy color during spring.

In May and June – Korean Lilac’s peak blooming period – the tree covers the bush with lavender blooms from top to bottom. On the other hand, its leaves turn into a bright yellow hue right before its leaves during the fall.

In the winter months, the Dwarf Korean Lilac Tree is even looking more attractive due to its dark brown stems’ leafless offering.

A Quick Guide on Care and Planting

1. Pick the right location

Dwarf Korean Lilac Tree

One of the very first things you need to determine right before you buy the tree is its location. The location has to be strategic enough for it to last through its first phase. As it goes, the chosen location has to be exposed to a full sun all day long or at the very least, six hours during the day.

In addition, the tree prefers to be situated in a climate that provides continuous heat. This kind of weather is also paramount as the tree demands such dormancy in order for it to grow properly.

2. Create the right soil

While Dwarf Korean Lilac Trees can grow in numerous soil variants, they still prefer a soil pH that ranges from 6.0 to 7.0. Also, it’s recommended that you place an amount of compost and humus right in the soil prior to planting it.

These components aid in retaining moisture especially in periods of drought. Further, compost provides essential nutrients to its bush which ultimately allow the tree to grow and blossom further.

3. Water the tree


Just how do you water a Dwarf Korean Lilac Tree without overdoing it? Most lilac trees only need an inch of water on a weekly basis. However, this changes depending on the weather it’s being subjected to.

If the tree is exposed to an especially hot weather or an exceedingly strong wind, the shrub needs to get watered twice or even thrice weekly. But how do you know if your tree already needs to get watered on?

Simply touch the soil to ascertain this. If the soil feels a bit too dry to your touch, that’s a signal for you to water it.

4. Fertilize the tree

Along with other shrubs, your Dwarf Korean Lilac Tree also requires to be fertilized so it could grow abundantly. Seasoned growers recommend that you buy a 10-10-10 formula.

Meanwhile, make certain that you look into the information that is shown on the packages which tells you on just how much you’re going to use relative to the size of your shrub. Moreover, it is recommended that you apply the fertilizer during the spring prior to the tree’s processing of its new growth.

This component should allow not only the growth but also the tree’s blossoms in the succeeding months. How do you apply the fertilizer, you ask? Simply apply it on the soil that surrounds the tree’s base. Afterwhich, douse the topmost (at least two inches) soil area with water.

On the other hand, try not to be too excited with fertilizing. This behavior may contribute to your tree’s eventual lack of flowering, which ultimately defeats the purpose of owning an appealing shrub.

5. Weed the lilac tree


Weeding around the base area of your Dwarf Korean Lilac Tree is also crucial as it helps you maintain your current, proper location and ward it off from contracting diseases. To lessen the amount of weeds and retain its moisture, apply a thick layer of mulch for about two to four inches.

6. Prune it when necessary

Along with weeding, pruning your tree is also important especially when you’re gearing towards growing and producing more flowers from it. It’s suggested that you prune the tree back by one one-third right after it flowers. The shape of which is all dependent on your preference.

Remember that your goal is eliminate branches that are both dead and disintegrating.

Concluding Thoughts

The Dwarf Korean Lilac Tree is indeed not only your ideal option when looking for a tree that you can place near your patio or adjacent to your window. Its easy-to-follow care guideline alone, this tree is very much suitable for those who are gunning for a shrub that won’t require meticulous rearing.

The listed ways to care for this tree are enough to grow and blossom this fantastic species for more years to come.

Did you like this post? Do you have friends who are planning to grow this attractive tree? If you have anything to share, add, or ask, please feel free to sound them off in the comment section below.

Dan Harris

Hi. I'm Dan Harris. My wife and I started gardening 5 years ago. Neither one of us had any gardening background but we loved the idea of growing our own organic food. Over the years, our garden has almost doubled in size and I’ve learned a lot from my season’s successes and failures. I’ve been excited to share my own beginning knowledge and special skills with all garden lovers.

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