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Right: The size it will remain now that it will be cut.

Dec 10, Cut branches back selectively to shape the dwarf lilac bush as desired, removing no more than one-third of any stem and making a clean cut just above a bud facing in the desired direction. enlarge this image. Dwarf lilacs, 8'+.

Yes they are dwarf, but if 8' is still not small enough to fit your plan, it's pruning time! To bring it down from overgrown, then. keep it smaller than small. Several different lilac species are dubbed"dwarf," including widely-used Syringa meyeri and S. chinensis hybrids. Apr 02, Most lilacs don’t require pruning until they reach about 6 to 8 feet ( m.) tall. The best time for pruning lilac bushes is right after their flowering has ceased.

This allows new shoots plenty of time to develop the next season of blooms. Pruning lilacs too late can kill young developing buds. If you are pruning lilac trees or shrubs entirely to within inches of the ground, it is best to do so in early spring. Although dwarf lilacs will remain small without pruning, proper maintenance will encourage more vigorous flowering and a healthy growing environment.

1 Monitor the miniature lilac in the spring. Jul 08, There are two approaches you can take.

Victoria Wilson Updated: August 15,

The less drastic approach to getting an overgrown lilac back into shape is to use the third rule. Prune a third of the oldest branches all the way to the ground each year for three consecutive years.

1  Start by taking out the thickest stems first.