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15 Dwarf Lilac Varieties For Small Gardens

Dwarf lilacs are those that reach up to 8 feet in height and a little less in width. Here is a selection of the best dwarf lilac varieties for the small garden.

Persian Lilac

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Persian Lilac

The Persian lilac (Syringa persica) is a small, deciduous tree native to Iran and Afghanistan. It is also known as pink or desert lilac. It is a member of the olive family (Oleaceae) and is closely related to the common lilac (Syringa vulgaris). The Persian lilac is known for its fragrant, pink flowers that bloom in the spring.

It has dark green, oval-shaped leaves, and a slender, upright growth habit. The tree can grow to a height of 8 feet or more, but it is often pruned to a smaller size for use as a hedge or ornamental plant in gardens. Persian lilacs are drought-tolerant and prefer well-drained soil, but they can be grown in a variety of soil types as long as they are not waterlogged. They are hardy in USDA hardiness zones 4-8.

Bloomerang Dark Purple Lilac

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Bloomerang Dark Purple Lilac

Bloomerang Dark Purple lilac is a cultivar of the common lilac (Syringa vulgaris). It is a compact, deciduous shrub that is known for its dark purple flowers and its ability to rebloom throughout the summer. The shrub has a rounded, upright growth habit and can reach a height of 3-4 feet and a similar width. It has dark green, oval-shaped leaves, and a dense, bushy form.

The dark purple flowers are fragrant and appear in clusters in the spring, and then again in the summer and fall. Bloomerang Dark Purple lilacs are hardy in USDA hardiness zones 3-7 and prefer full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. They are drought-tolerant once established and are resistant to deer and rabbits. They make excellent ornamental plants for gardens and can be used as a hedge or in mass plantings.

Miss Kim Lilac

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Miss Kim Lilac

Miss Kim lilac (Syringa patula ‘Miss Kim’) is a cultivar of the Korean lilac (Syringa patula), which is a small, deciduous shrub native to Korea and China. It is known for its fragrant, pale purple flowers that bloom in the spring and its compact, rounded growth habit. The shrub has dark green, lance-shaped leaves and a dense, bushy form. It can reach a height of 4-6 feet and a similar width.

Miss Kim lilacs are hardy in USDA hardiness zones 3-7 and prefer full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. They are drought-tolerant once established and are resistant to deer and rabbits. They make excellent ornamental plants for gardens and can be used as a hedge or in mass plantings. Miss Kim lilacs are also known for their ability to withstand cold temperatures and are a good choice for gardens in cooler climates.

Dwarf Korean Lilac

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Dwarf Korean Lilac

Dwarf Korean lilac (Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’) is a cultivar of the Korean lilac (Syringa meyeri), which is a small, deciduous shrub native to Korea and China. It is known for its fragrant, pale purple flowers that bloom in the spring and its compact, rounded growth habit. The shrub has dark green, lance-shaped leaves, and a dense, bushy form. It can reach a height of 2-4 feet and a similar width, making it a good choice for small gardens or as a border plant.

Dwarf Korean lilacs are hardy in USDA hardiness zones 3-7 and prefer full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. They are drought-tolerant once established and are resistant to deer and rabbits. They make excellent ornamental plants for gardens and can be used as a hedge or in mass plantings. Dwarf Korean lilacs are also known for their ability to withstand cold temperatures and are a good choice for gardens in cooler climates.

Tiny Dancer Lilac

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Tiny Dancer Lilac

Tiny Dancer Lilac (Syringa vulgaris ‘Elsdancer’) is a cultivar of the common lilac (Syringa vulgaris), which is a large, deciduous shrub or small tree native to southeastern Europe and Asia. It is known for its fragrant, purple flowers that bloom in the spring and its upright, oval growth habit. The shrub has dark green, oval-shaped leaves and a dense, bushy form. It can reach a height of 8 feet and a similar width. ‘Elsdancer’ is known for its compact size and large, showy flowers.

It is hardy in USDA hardiness zones 3-7 and prefers full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. It is drought-tolerant once established and is resistant to deer and rabbits. ‘Elsdancer’ makes an excellent ornamental plant for gardens and can be used as a hedge or in mass plantings. It is also a good choice for gardens in cooler climates.

Scentara Double Blue Lilac

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Scentara Double Blue Lilac

Scentara Double Blue lilac (Syringa x ‘Scentara Double Blue’) is a cultivar of the common lilac (Syringa vulgaris). It is a deciduous shrub known for its double, blue flowers and its fragrant, sweet aroma. The shrub has a rounded, upright growth habit and can reach a height of 6-8 feet and a similar width. It has dark green, oval-shaped leaves, and a dense, bushy form. The double-blue flowers appear in clusters in the spring and are particularly showy.

Scentara Double Blue lilacs are hardy in USDA hardiness zones 3-7 and prefer full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. They are drought-tolerant once established and are resistant to deer and rabbits. They make excellent ornamental plants for gardens and can be used as a hedge or in mass plantings. Scentara Double Blue lilacs are also known for their ability to withstand cold temperatures and are a good choice for gardens in cooler climates.

Little Lady Lilac

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Little Lady Lilac

Little Lady lilac (Syringa vulgaris ‘Little Lady’) is a cultivar of the common lilac (Syringa vulgaris). It is a compact, deciduous shrub known for its small size and fragrant, purple flowers that bloom in the spring. The shrub has a rounded, upright growth habit and can reach a height of 4-5 feet and a similar width. It has dark green, oval-shaped leaves, and a dense, bushy form. The purple flowers appear in clusters and are particularly showy.

Little Lady lilacs are hardy in USDA hardiness zones 3-7 and prefer full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. They are drought-tolerant once established and are resistant to deer and rabbits. They make excellent ornamental plants for gardens and can be used as a hedge or in mass plantings. Little Lady lilacs are also a good choice for small gardens or for growing in containers.

James MacFarlane Lilac

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James MacFarlane Lilac

James MacFarlane lilac (Syringa vulgaris ‘James MacFarlane’) is a cultivar of the common lilac (Syringa vulgaris). It is a deciduous shrub known for its large, fragrant, purple flowers that bloom in the spring. The shrub has a rounded, upright growth habit and can reach a height of 8 feet and a similar width. It has dark green, oval-shaped leaves, and a dense, bushy form. The purple flowers appear in clusters and are particularly showy.

James MacFarlane lilacs are hardy in USDA hardiness zones 3-7 and prefer full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. They are drought-tolerant once established and are resistant to deer and rabbits. They make excellent ornamental plants for gardens and can be used as a hedge or in mass plantings. James MacFarlane lilacs are also a good choice for gardens in cooler climates.

Wonderblue Lilac

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Wonderblue lilac (Syringa vulgaris ‘Wonderblue’) is a cultivar of the common lilac (Syringa vulgaris). It is a deciduous shrub known for its large, fragrant, blue flowers that bloom in the spring. The shrub has a rounded, upright growth habit and can reach a height of 8 feet and a similar width. It has dark green, oval-shaped leaves and a dense, bushy form.

The blue flowers appear in clusters and are particularly showy. Wonderblue lilacs are hardy in USDA hardiness zones 3-7 and prefer full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. They are drought-tolerant once established and are resistant to deer and rabbits. They make excellent ornamental plants for gardens and can be used as a hedge or in mass plantings. Wonderblue lilacs are also a good choice for gardens in cooler climates.

Josee Lilac

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Josee Lilac

Josee lilac (Syringa patula ‘Josee’) is a cultivar of the Korean lilac (Syringa patula), which is a small, deciduous shrub native to Korea and China. It is known for its fragrant, pink flowers that bloom in the spring and its compact, rounded growth habit. The shrub has dark green, lance-shaped leaves and a dense, bushy form. It can reach a height of 4-6 feet and a similar width.

Josee lilacs are hardy in USDA hardiness zones 3-7 and prefer full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. They are drought-tolerant once established and are resistant to deer and rabbits. They make excellent ornamental plants for gardens and can be used as a hedge or in mass plantings. Josee lilacs are also known for their ability to withstand cold temperatures and are a good choice for gardens in cooler climates.

Bloomerang Pink Perfume Lilac

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Bloomerang Pink Perfume Lilac

Bloomerang Pink Perfume lilac (Syringa x ‘BLPGP’ Bloomerang Pink Perfume) is a cultivar of the common lilac (Syringa vulgaris). It is a compact, deciduous shrub that is known for its fragrant, pink flowers and its ability to rebloom throughout the summer. The shrub has a rounded, upright growth habit and can reach a height of 3-4 feet and a similar width. It has dark green, oval-shaped leaves and a dense, bushy form.

The pink flowers are fragrant and appear in clusters in the spring, and then again in the summer and fall. Bloomerang Pink Perfume lilacs are hardy in USDA hardiness zones 3-7 and prefer full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. They are drought-tolerant once established and are resistant to deer and rabbits. They make excellent ornamental plants for gardens and can be used as a hedge or in mass plantings.

Tinkerbelle Lilac

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Tinkerbelle Lilac

Tinkerbelle lilac (Syringa vulgaris ‘Tinkerbelle’) is a cultivar of the common lilac (Syringa vulgaris). It is a compact, deciduous shrub known for its small size and fragrant, pink flowers that bloom in the spring. The shrub has a rounded, upright growth habit and can reach a height of 4-5 feet and a similar width. It has dark green, oval-shaped leaves and a dense, bushy form.

The pink flowers appear in clusters and are particularly showy. Tinkerbelle lilacs are hardy in USDA hardiness zones 3-7 and prefer full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. They are drought-tolerant once established and are resistant to deer and rabbits. They make excellent ornamental plants for gardens and can be used as a hedge or in mass plantings. Tinkerbelle lilacs are also a good choice for small gardens or for growing in containers.

Cutleaf Lilac

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Cutleaf Lilac

Cutleaf lilac (Syringa tomentella) is a deciduous shrub native to China and Japan. It is a member of the olive family (Oleaceae) and is closely related to the common lilac (Syringa vulgaris). Cutleaf lilac is known for its fragrant, white flowers that bloom in the spring and its distinctive, finely-divided leaves. The shrub has a rounded, upright growth habit and can reach a height of 10-15 feet and a similar width. It has dark green, finely-divided leaves and a dense, bushy form.

Cutleaf lilacs are hardy in USDA hardiness zones 4-7 and prefer full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. They are drought-tolerant once established and are resistant to deer and rabbits. They make excellent ornamental plants for gardens and can be used as a hedge or in mass plantings. Cutleaf lilacs are also a good choice for gardens in cooler climates.

Violet Uprising Lilac

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Violet Uprising Lilac

Violet Uprising Lilac (Syringa patula ‘JN Upright Select’) is a cultivar of the Korean lilac (Syringa patula), which is a small, deciduous shrub native to Korea and China. It is known for its fragrant, pale purple flowers that bloom in the spring and its upright, narrow growth habit. The shrub has dark green, lance-shaped leaves and a dense, bushy form. It can reach a height of 6-8 feet and a similar width.

‘JN Upright Select’ is known for its narrow, upright habit and its large, showy flowers. It is hardy in USDA hardiness zones 3-7 and prefers full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. It is drought-tolerant once established and is resistant to deer and rabbits. ‘JN Upright Select’ makes an excellent ornamental plant for gardens and can be used as a hedge or in mass plantings. It is also a good choice for gardens in cooler climates.

Flowerfesta Pink Dwarf Lilac

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Flowerfesta Pink Dwarf Lilac

Flowerfesta Pink Dwarf lilac (Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’ Flowerfesta Pink) is a cultivar of the Korean lilac (Syringa meyeri), which is a small, deciduous shrub native to Korea and China. It is known for its fragrant, pale purple flowers that bloom in the spring and its compact, rounded growth habit. The shrub has dark green, lance-shaped leaves and a dense, bushy form. It can reach a height of 2-4 feet and a similar width, making it a good choice for small gardens or as a border plant.

Flowerfesta Pink Dwarf lilacs are hardy in USDA hardiness zones 3-7 and prefer full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. They are drought-tolerant once established and are resistant to deer and rabbits. They make excellent ornamental plants for gardens and can be used as a hedge or in mass plantings. Flowerfesta Pink Dwarf lilacs are also known for their ability to withstand cold temperatures and are a good choice for gardens in cooler climates.