Dwarf Korean Lilac

The Dwarf Korean Lilac (Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’) is a charming compact shrub prized for its fragrant, lavender-pink flowers and manageable size. This delightful lilac cultivar brings the classic beauty and fragrance of lilacs to smaller gardens, patios, and containers, making it a popular choice for both novice and experienced gardeners.

See below for some key features and information.

  • Height and Spread: Typically grows to about 4 to 5 feet tall and wide, forming a dense, rounded shrub with a tidy, compact habit. Its smaller size makes it well-suited for smaller garden spaces or as a focal point in mixed borders.
  • Leaves: Features small, dark green, heart-shaped leaves that provide an attractive backdrop to the abundant clusters of flowers. The foliage remains dense and lush throughout the growing season, adding to the shrub’s ornamental value.
  • Flowers: Boasts fragrant, lavender-pink flower clusters that appear in abundance in late spring to early summer. The flowers are highly attractive to pollinators and add a delightful fragrance to the garden.
  • Growth Habit: ‘Palibin’ has a bushy, rounded habit, with multiple stems arising from the base and a relatively uniform growth pattern.
Habitat and Cultivation
  • Adaptability: Dwarf Korean Lilac is well-suited to a variety of climates and soil conditions, thriving in USDA hardiness zones 3 through 7. It is adaptable to both urban and rural landscapes and is relatively low-maintenance.
  • Soil and Sunlight: Prefers well-drained soil and thrives in full sun to partial shade. Consistent moisture is important, especially during periods of drought, to promote healthy growth and flowering.
  • Watering: Regular watering is essential, particularly during dry spells and in the first growing season after planting. Mulching around the base of the shrub can help retain soil moisture and regulate temperature.
Care and Maintenance
  • Pruning: Light pruning immediately after flowering can help maintain shape and remove any dead or damaged wood. Avoid heavy pruning, as this can reduce flowering in subsequent years.
Landscaping Use
  • Dwarf Korean Lilac is perfect for use as a specimen plant, mass planting, or as a low hedge in mixed borders, cottage gardens, or along pathways. Its compact size and fragrant blooms make it a delightful addition to any garden.
  • It can also be used in container gardens on patios, decks, or balconies, where its fragrance and compact habit can be enjoyed up close.


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