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Gardening in the Rainy Zone.
DWARF KOREAN LILAC
Pronounced: sih-RING-gah MY-er-eye
Sunset zones: 1-12, 14-16.
USDA zones: 4-7.
Heat zones: 7-1.
Height 5-6 feet (1.5-2 m).
Width: 5 feet (1.5 m).
Four-inch long panicles with fragrant, lavender flowers.
One-half inch long oval leaves.
Fertile, humus rich soil, on the neutral to alkaline side.
Side dress with compost in fall, and add lime to our acidic NW soils.
Greenwood cuttings in summer.
Layer in summer.
Prune only after flowers fade. I prune out crossing branches and thin out some branches to the ground about once every third year.
Rainy Side Notes
The compact shrub, Syringa meyeri, is great in gardens with little room for a full-size lilac. One of the easiest lilacs to grow, it blooms later than most of the other species and cultivars. Add this one to the garden to extend the lilac season. Fragrant flowers cover the entire shrub during the month of May. It blooms at an early age, even when it is only one-foot tall. My shrub is planted close to a walkway. When it is in bloom, it is a heavenly walk with the scent of flowers in the air. The small shrub looks good year round. In my garden during winter, its bare form is surrounded by the winter flowers of Helleborus 'Wester Flesk' .
This smaller lilac is resistant to the mildew that plagues many of our lilacs here in the Pacific Northwest.
Photographed in author's garden.