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Bloomerang® Dwarf Pink Lilac
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    Bloomerang® Dwarf Pink Lilac

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    Growing Zones: 3-7
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    Growing Zones: 3-7
    Mature Height: 2-3 ft.
    Mature Width: 2-3 ft.
    Sunlight: Full Sun
    Spacing: 3 ft.
    Botanical: Syringa x ‘SMNJRPI’ Bloomerang®
    Cannot Ship to: AZ

    Classic Lilac Look on an Improved Dwarf Lilac

    If you don’t have room in your landscape for a full-sized lilac, but you’d love to enjoy the flowers and fragrance of one, we have the perfect lilac for you! Bloomerang Dwarf Pink Lilac (Syringa x ‘SMNJRPI’ Bloomerang®) has the classic look of traditional lilacs … but at a fraction of the size. If you have a sunny garden spot that will accommodate a plant that’s only 3 feet tall by 3 feet wide, you can grow this lilac!

    Flowers That Keep Coming and Coming -- During Three Seasons
    If you’ve grown conventional lilacs before, you know how you’ve enjoyed the color and fragrance of these spectacular shrubs. But all too soon, the flowers faded and you had to wait until the following year to enjoy them again. Not so with Bloomerang Dwarf Pink Lilac. It bears flowers that look just like the old-fashioned lilacs you love, but it’s also specifically bred to produce repeat blooms. Its extended flowering season begins in spring, when the dwarf shrubs become a blizzard of blooms. After those flowers fade, don’t worry because your plant will be loaded down with blooms again in summer! And for another repeat performance, you’ll enjoy flowers again in fall. In fact, it’s not uncommon for Bloomerang Dwarf Pink Lilac to be covered in flowers at the first frost – that’s how long it blooms! Sometimes, its bloom times may even overlap a bit so that it appears to be in continuous bloom.

    That Irresistible and Unmistakable Lilac Fragrance
    Its dazzling floral show would be reason enough to plant Bloomerang Dwarf Pink Lilac, but we think you’ll agree that lilacs without their signature fragrance would be terribly lacking. You’ll be happy to know that when plant professionals bred a compact size into this lilac, they didn’t eliminate the fragrance! This is significant, because some old-fashioned flowers that were once quite fragrant, such as many types of roses, became less fragrant after generations of hybridization virtually eliminated their scent. If you close your eyes when Bloomerang Dwarf Pink Lilac is blooming, you will not be able to tell the difference between its sweet scent and the scent of its larger lilac relatives!

    A Natural Nectar Feeder
    You won’t have to hang hummingbird nectar feeders in your garden when you plant Bloomerang Dwarf Pink Lilacs. Even though its mature height is only 36 inches, hummingbirds cannot resist these flowers, and they’ll happily sip nectar from the compact plants. But they’ll have some competition, because butterflies also love lilac flowers. You’ll definitely want to plant Bloomerang Dwarf Pink Lilacs as part of your wildlife garden, where you can easily watch these tiny creatures dart to and fro as they visit the flowers!

    A Magnificent Container Plant
    You can show off Bloomerang Dwarf Pink Lilac to perfection in containers! If you’ve never thought about growing potted lilacs, it may be because you’ve pictured a standard-size lilac, which grows too large to manage in containers. Bloomerang Dwarf Pink is a container cutie. It grows lush and full and produces several rounds of fragrant flowers each year, which make it a “scent”sational choice for patio pots or walkway containers. You can place a pot directly on the ground, sit it atop a garden pedestal, or feature it on a patio table.

    A New and Improved Lilac
    When we say “improved,” we mean it. Reblooming lilacs had their early beginnings back in the early 1900s, but it was not until the early 1970s when a cross between reblooming lilacs produced ‘Josee,’ which became a favorite rebloomer among lilac enthusiasts. Since then, plant hybridizers have continued to make improvements to reblooming lilacs until the Bloomerang series hit the jackpot of outstanding lilac breeding qualities. Perhaps it’s not surprising to find out that one of the plant parents of Bloomerang Dwarf Pink Lilac is believed to be Josee – one of the first favorites of cultivated reblooming lilacs! You may also be familiar with another compact lilac cultivar – ‘Pink Perfume.’ Our Bloomerang Dwarf Pink is an improvement over this one, too. Dwarf Pink is more compact than Pink Perfume, so it fits into smaller gardens, and its color is even deeper. Bloomerang Dwarf Pink Lilac also has superior disease resistance over earlier cultivars, which makes it a lilac you simply must have!

    Healthy Plants with Improved Disease Resistance
    When you consider adding lilacs to your landscape, you must also consider their susceptibility to disease. Unfortunately, for all their flash and fragrance, most lilacs are vulnerable to many common diseases, such as powdery mildew, pseudomonas, and phytophthora. You don’t have to be a plant pathologist to know the differences among these diseases, but suffice it to say that you’d probably want to steer clear from adding new lilacs to your garden that are so susceptible to so many diseases. Here’s the good news … even though lilacs are typically prone to diseases, Bloomerang Dwarf Pink Lilac is not! One of the most unsightly fungal diseases, powdery mildew, makes lilac leaves look so unattractive when they are covered with a whitish growth. But Bloomerang Dwarf Pink Lilac is mildew-resistant! Your plants will stay attractive all season long without suffering from this common lilac disease.

    Winter Chill Helps Promote Lots of Flowers
    Bloomerang Dwarf Pink Lilac is a cold-tolerant perennial across USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 3 through 7 where it actually needs the cold weather during winter to help it bloom profusely the following spring through fall. In fact, lilacs are better suited to colder climates than warmer regions. If you live in a warm climate, your lilac may stop blooming during very hot summers, but it will begin blooming again when the weather is cooler in fall.

    Cut Flowers for Your Home
    The fragrance of freshly cut lilacs in your home is better than any scented candles or potpourri! But if you simply cannot wait for your lilacs to burst into bloom in springtime, you can actually trick the budded stems into thinking it’s time to bloom. By doing this, you can do what’s called “forcing” them to bloom ahead of time. Cut flowering stems in early spring, typically in March, when the flower buds (not leaf buds) have formed but before they open (flower buds are usually larger than leaf buds). When you cut the stems, immediately plunge them into a bucket of water. Keep the bucket in a cool place indoors, out of direct sun, and change the water every few days so it stays fresh. Keep an eye for a color change in the buds, and when you see the buds turning pink, the flowers are not far behind. When the flowers begin to open, place the stems in your favorite vase in a front-and-center location, such as your foyer or dining table. When the stems are fully open, the blossoms will perfume your entire home … even before your shrubs are flowering outside!

    Do You Have to Prune Your Plant for it to Rebloom?
    In a word, no – you don’t have to prune your Bloomerang Dwarf Pink Lilac for it to produce flowers or to prompt it to rebloom. But we will say that if you do prune your plant, you can help it to maximize its flower production. This is a plant that blooms on old growth that was produced the year before as well as on new growth that is produced during the current season. So if you remove all the faded blooms after the first round of flowering in spring, you’ll prompt the plant to produce a heavier round of flowers in summer. Don’t prune it back hard; just remove the flowers.
    Two pruning tips: 1) If you decide to remove the spring flowers, it’ll delay the reblooming time by a few weeks, but you’ll typically get more flowers when it does rebloom. 2) Don’t prune it in fall because you’ll remove the growth that is forming flower buds for the following spring.

    A Deer-Resistant Plant for Rural Gardens
    If you live in a rural area where deer are frequent visitors, you know how tough it is to find a shrub that flowers profusely, which deer won’t chew to the ground. For some reason, deer do not prefer Bloomerang Dwarf Pink Lilac, and they typically leave it alone! This plant is on many cooperative extension websites as a plant that is “rarely bothered” or “seldom damaged” by deer. So now you can have beautiful flowers without worrying that Bambi will eat them before you can enjoy them!

    Easy-Care and Low-Maintenance
    If you keep your Bloomerang Dwarf Pink Lilac in the peak of health to reach its most vigorous reblooming potential, tend to its needs in late spring and early summer. Keep it watered well, but don’t allow the ground to become soggy. Lilacs cannot tolerate waterlogged soil; this will lead to their demise. Fertilize in early spring after the ground has thawed and again in late spring, after its first round of blooms. You can also use a slow-release fertilizer that you apply only once in early spring.
    Planting and growing tip: Lilacs love growing in raised beds because of the good drainage when elevated above the soil level.

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