Care for a Korean Lilac Bush


If you are looking for the perfect flowering bush for a small garden, consider the Korean lilac (Syringa meyeri var. spontanea). Growing to a height of 5 feet, this compact bush blooms with highly scented purple flowers in April through May. In the fall, the foliage turns yellow, offering yet more interest to the garden. Grown in its USDA hardiness zones, 3 to 7, the Korean lilac will attract butterflies, hummingbirds and the admiration of your neighbors.

Step 1

Plant your Korean lilac in a spot where it will receive four to six hours of sun each day.

Step 2

Remove or prune any vegetation within a 10-foot radius of the Korean lilac. This bush requires air circulation in order to help it ward off disease.

Step 3

Water the Korean lilac when the top 2 inches of soil are dry. Poke your finger into the soil to ascertain when it is time to water.

Step 4

Prune the Korean lilac no later than the last week in June to keep it the size that you want.

Step 5

Fertilize the Korean lilac immediately after pruning. Use an all-purpose fertilizer at the rate suggested on the label. Apply the fertilizer in a ring, 1 foot away from the base of the bush.

Step 6

Pinch off fading flowers during the growing season and dispose of them.

Things You'll Need

  • Fertilizer
  • Pruning shears


  • Missouri Botanical Garden: Syringa Meyeri var. Spontanea
  • Gardening Central: Korean Lilac
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County: Lilacs
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