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Syringa Red Pixie

Dwarf lilac

Compact form perfect for a small garden

This dwarf lilac is an upright shrub growing to around 1.2m (4ft) with small, soft green leaves. The modern variety offers the opportunity to have lilac even in a smaller garden. The tiny, fragrant flowers are purple-red in bud, opening to lilac mauve, in typically shaped lilac flowerheads, but smaller. It mixes well with other shrubs, perennials and roses and delivers a lot with little input from the gardener.


Plant in full sun or semi-shade in beds and borders. Very useful to add structure to plantings of perennials.


Any well-drained fertile soil. Good on clay and chalk. Prune after flowering if necessary; some dead-heading enhances the appearance later in the season.

Dwarf lilac flowers are good for cutting to bring the scent indoors

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Spring
Flowering May - June
Evergreen No
Plant height 50 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 100 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Hazardous No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 80 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden

Typically available

From March to September