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Large, intensely fragrant, lavender blooms on a compact, mildew resistant plant.

Syringa vulgaris Tiny Dancer™

Large, intensely fragrant lavender blooms on a compact, mildew resistant plant.

Through the fragrance of Tiny Dancer™ past meets future with a memorable scent. Too long considered a leggy plant for old-fashioned gardens, this lilac has a compact form, making it ideal anywhere hard-working, independent plants are needed. In addition to the cold-hardiness expected from a lilac, Tiny Dancer™   boasts remarkable heat tolerance, growing and blooming where few lilacs have gone before. Even in Zone 8, violet-purple buds open into lavender flowers, ranking it among the dogwoods and azaleas as a benchmark of spring. Large panicles measure 4 to 5 inches, and the large florets make each cluster appear luxuriously full. Foliage and flowers are in perfect scale, one complementing the other. You know the feeling when everything is right about a plant. It exudes quality. That is our Tiny Dancer™ and we are happy to bring it to you, one of the best new plants for today’s garden.

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Who Am I?

  • Common Name

    Tiny Dancer Lilac
  • Botanical Name

    Syringa vulgaris 'Elsdancer'
  • Type

  • Bloom Time

  • Bloom Color


Cultural Details

  • Bloom Time

  • Size

    4-5′ tall by 3-4′ wide
  • Hardiness Zone

  • Light

    Full sun to partial shade
  • Soil

    Average garden soil
  • Moisture

    moist, but well drained
  • Disease & Pests

    None known
  • Landscape Use

    foundations, cutting gardens, wildlife gardens, borders, foundations, small urban gardens
  • Propagation

  • Pruning

    Lilacs should only be pruned to shape and no later than July. If you prune later, you may sacrifice flowers.

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