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What is a Dwarf Lilac Tree?

C. Daw
C. Daw

The dwarf lilac tree is a favorite choice for many nature loving gardeners. These trees are good for small gardens, or for those who want to conserve their garden’s space. These trees are renowned for their fresh and blooming fragrance of the lilacs. Dwarf lilac trees have many types and varieties depending upon their size, color and height. In general, the dwarf trees are approximately 5 feet (1.5 m) height and 10 feet (3 m) wide. These trees produce leaves of light green color with an abundance of sweet-scented blooms that have numerous different shades, such as magenta, purple, blue and white.

Dwarf lilac trees have a number of different varieties and characteristics, depending upon their types. The most common dwarf tree, and a favorite among garden growers, is the Meyer lilac. This dwarf lilac tree has a number of features that enhance the beauty of the garden and make it pleasantly aromatic for most of the year. Its height and width is almost the same as most of the other lilac trees, which are a height of about 5 feet (1.5 m) and a width of 10 feet (3 m). When fall comes, its color turns reddish brown.

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There is one important aspect of the dwarf lilac tree that makes it extremely popular for using in gardens and lawns. This type of tree is hard to kill after it has reached full maturity. They have strong, long roots that burrow and embed deep within the ground. In order to remove the lilac tree each and every piece of root must be removed so it is nearly impossible to completely kill off since it will continue to re-grow.

In order to ensure the proper growth of the dwarf lilac tree, they need constant sun light for about five to six hours a day. If they are not provided with enough light, their buds and blooms could be affected. These lilac trees should be protected against strong winds, especially after it has first been planted. The soil requirement for these trees is from neutral to acidic and there should be sufficient space between multiple dwarf trees because they demand lots of space because of how far they spread outward.

As with all other types of plants and trees, the dwarf lilac tree can be damaged by local pests, mainly insects and moths. They lay eggs into the branches and trunks of the lilac tree which causes them to receive less light and moisture, which can cause browning to the outer sections, and even death in certain instances. Basic environmentally safe pesticides can be used to destroy the insects without causing any harm to the tree itself.

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If you already have or are considering planting dwarf lilac trees then you should reread the final paragraph of this article. While your trees may be perfectly healthy, it is a good idea to check them for disease and pests regularly.

Throughout the growing season you should keep a check on the trees and look for branches that are rubbing against other branches and for branches that look like they are dying. These portions of the plants should be cut away immediately so that they do not harm the entire tree.

Also, not all of the shots that develop on the base of the tree will be healthy, so you should keep only the best ones and prune the others at some time during the end of winter, before the next growing season begins.


I agree with the article. Dwarf lilacs are perfect for smaller gardens, and, I'll add that the little trees are great for gardeners who have full-time jobs and are not able to spend as much time in the garden as they would like.

The dwarf lilacs produce beautiful flowers and give off a great fragrance, but because they are smaller there is less pruning needed to keep them under control.When you do prune these trees you should do so after the blooming process had ended, and be sure to cut the plants between the old blooms and the new shoots below them.

This pruning method will prevent you from doing harm to future blooms. Other than that little precaution, you can shape the plant as you please and not worry. As this article mentions, the trees are virtually impossible to kill accidentally, and that is a desired characteristic for any plant in my garden.

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