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Evocative of childhood memories, lilac fragrance need not mean making room for a large, leggy plant in your landscape. These days, there are some new dwarf lilacs to choose from. If you have the space, the old-fashioned common lilac can provide a lush, green screen when out of bloom or can be pruned and trained into a charming small tree.
But for flower borders and containers, the dwarf Korean lilac and other newer hybrids bring lilac perfume up close. All lilacs prefer a sunny site with well-drained soil that's neutral to alkaline pH.
From 3 to 20 feet or more
To 20 feet wide