I planted two of these bushes in spring 2018. They did well over the summer and even bloomed a bit. I mulched them over winter, but one didn't come back in spring 2019. The other came back about half-way, but then died by July despite a lot of attention. I'm optimistic about the plant long-term so I plan to try again. I may start them a season or two in a pot, then transplant.
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).
This plant is hardy in zones 3 - 7
Zones are based on the lowest average temperature an area is expected to receive during the winter. They are used to determine whether a plant is likely to be perennial in your area. If your zone is equal to or higher than the zone listed for the plant, it will be hardy for you and thrive in your climate.
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Everything you want in a lilac, and more!
Think you don't have room for a lilac? Think again! Bloomerang® Dwarf Purple lilac naturally grows as a small, rounded shrub, at just about a third the size of conventional lilacs. It outperforms other lilacs with its perfectly purple blooms that cover the plant in late spring, then reappear throughout summer and fall. Plus, it's vigorous and resistant to disease. Just plant it in full sun, soil that's not too wet, and enjoy the show for years to come. Available in better garden centers in spring 2019.
Top reasons to grow Bloomerang® Dwarf Purple lilac:
- Dwarf habit takes up just a fraction of the space of other lilacs.
- Fragrant purple flowers for months every year.
- Rarely bothered by deer or disease.Attracts:ButterfliesResists:Deer
CharacteristicsPlant Type:ShrubShrub Type:DeciduousHeight Category:ShortGarden Height:30 - 36 InchesSpacing:30 - 36 InchesSpread:30 - 36 InchesFlower Colors:PurpleFlower Shade:PurpleFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:GreenHabit:UprightContainer Role:Filler
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:SunMaintenance Category:EasyBlooms On:New WoodBlooms On:Old WoodBloom Time:Summer through FallBloom Time:Late SpringHardiness Zones:3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7bWater Category:AverageNeeds Good DrainageSoil Fertility Requirement:Average SoilSoil PH Category:Alkaline SoilUses:Border PlantUses:ContainerUses:Cut FlowerUses:Good for ScreeningUses:LandscapeUses:Mass PlantingUses:Specimen or Focal PointUses Notes:
A dwarf lilac like Bloomerang Dwarf Purple offers a lot of versatility in the landscape. Plant it lining a walkway, under windows, as a low hedge, or anywhere you want color and fragrance with minimal care.Maintenance Notes:
Plant only in full sun and well-drained soil; lilacs cannot tolerate soggy, wet conditions.
The rebloom of Bloomerang lilac occurs on the new growth the plant creates after its spring bloom. For the best rebloom, it's vital that the plant grows vigorously during late spring and early summer. Do this by keeping it well-watered and mulched and in plenty of sun (six hours a day at least). If you wish to fertilize it, you may do so in early spring, once the ground has thawed, and again in late spring, after it blooms.
If you want to prune Bloomerang lilac, do so immediately after its spring bloom. Never cut it back in fall, winter, or early spring - doing so will remove the spring flower buds. It is not necessary to prune Bloomerang lilac in order for it to rebloom. However, giving it a light trim after blooming does remove the developing seed heads (they look like green bananas, and some people don't care for the way they look on the plant), providing a neater look, and encourages more new growth for reblooming. Trimming after blooming will delay the rebloom by a few weeks compared to an untrimmed Bloomerang lilac.
Like nearly all lilacs, Bloomerang lilac actually requires a period of cold weather in order to bloom well. This is why lilacs are not typically suited to warmer climates. However, they are very, very cold tolerant and thrive in climates as cold as USDA zone 3.Fun Facts:
The botanical name of lilac, Syringa (suh-RIN-gah), is from the Greek word syrinx, which means tube. This is because the stems of lilac contain a spongy pith which can be remove, leaving a hollow tube that has traditionally been used to create pan-pipes.Bloomerang® Dwarf Purple Syringa x 'SMNJRPU' USPP 29,831, Can PBRAF
Kaitlyn, Illinois, United States, 27 weeks ago
Purchased a Bloomerang Dark Purple Lilac in 2018. At first the plant grew quickly, and looked great in Spring. Blooms were few with a few this summer. In early June mildew started around the base; so, I sprayed but soon the whole plant started to get gray-green leaves. Now, middle of July some old leaves are dropping off and green growth is appearing. We did have a wet spring.. I did have this problem when living in northern Illinois, but thought this plant might be free of this problem. I have a Miss Kim Lilac in back yard with no problem. Should I remove plant and start over or give it another year?Mary J. Buxton, Tennessee, United States, 27 weeks ago
So far so good. Plant was a bit smaller than expected but that's my own fault for having high expectations. It's doing okay in my garden... it's been in the ground for a few weeks now, is still alive, and doesn't seem stressed at all. No sign of growth yet but hopeful that it blooms or at least gets bigger!jay, Illinois, United States, 34 weeks ago