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Syringa meyeri 'Palibin' Tree

Dwarf Lilac Trees
  • From £35 (inc VAT)

Syringa meyeri 'Palibin' is a small Lilac shrub that produces a profusion of pretty lilac-pink flowers in May and June that emerge from darker pink buds. The flowers have a sweet fragrance and look wonderful against the green ovate leaves.

This popular dwarf Korean Lilac produces a neat, compact shape and requires little pruning to maintain this appearance. Growing to just 1-2 metres in 20 years, Lilac 'Palibin' is perfect for herbaceous borders, small spaces and patios. Preferring full sun, it will do well in most alkaline to neutral pH soils.

Syringa meyeri 'Palibin' is one of the most popular dwarf Lilacs and undoubtedly deserves it's RHS Award of Garden Merit. Please note due to the dwarf nature, the product sizes are similar but the 10L bush is more mature and fuller than the 5L. We also offer 'Palibin' as a top grafted patio tree.

AKA Syringa meyeri var. spontanea 'Palibin' , Lilac 'Palibin', Korean Lilac

  • Common name: Korean Dwarf Lilac
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 1-2 x 1-2 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Summer
  • Flowers: Lilac-pink, fragrant
  • Soil: Will tolerate most soil types except acidic

Planting Advice for Syringa meyeri 'Palibin' Shrubs

Our pot grown Palibin Dwarf Lilac shrubs can be planted at any time of the year. Start by removing weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. (If planting in a container, choose one that is about twice the size of the rootball). To help it establish, sprinkle root grow in the hole.

Remove the pot, gently tease the roots and place into the planting hole. Mix 50% of the original soil with 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Avoid banking the soil up around the collar of the tree.

Aftercare Advice for Syringa 'Palibin' Shrubs

When planting Korean Lilacs in spring or summer, water well for the first few months. Increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little. Irrigation kits make it easier.

Once planted, keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons.

Pruning Syringa meyeri 'Palibin' Shrubs

Unlike most Lilac trees, Palibin Dwarf Lilac shrubs need very little maintenance. A light prune in late summer is all that is needed to maintain its neat shape. Also remove any damaged or diseased branches.

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Delivery Times

Next Day Despatch
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Standard Delivery
We have one of the widest range of trees in the UK, and for those plants which we cannot despatch next day we will normally despatch within 4 weeks. The despatch time for different products will be confirmed when products are added to your shopping basket

We will only want to deliver your orders when they are perfect for planting! Depending on the season and how well the plants are growing, we will give our best estimates of the despatch dates for pre-orders.  These dates may vary and by species and while we will always try to deliver within these timeframes if the expected despatch does change then we will notify you by email.

Special Orders
Orders containing pleached or mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) are delivered within 3 weeks. They require specialist delivery and are grouped geographically. Any customers ordering pleached or mature trees will be contacted and notified of their delivery date.

If your trees are required by a specific date, please let us know as soon as possible; while we can’t offer any guarantees we will always do our best to accommodate you. You can leave instructions in the notes field on the Delivery Page of the Checkout or send us an email at [email protected].

Please note that orders are shipped once all the trees in the order are ready.

Collections are by appointment only at our West Yorkshire-based nursery. If you would like to place an order for collection, please get in touch before placing your order. You will not be charged a delivery cost for a collection and any delivery cost that has been applied will be refunded.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. *Pot sizes may vary. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem tree: Classic tree with one trunk, pruned for a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted tree: A height next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Ideal for small spaces.

Feathered tree: Branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Multi Stem tree: Two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Clump: Several plants in one pot that give the appearance of a bushy multi stem tree.

Climber: Naturally climbing plant. Usually delivered running up a cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height.


Plant Specification Form Size Root type Price Quantity Qty
Syringa meyeri 'Palibin' Form: Tree Top grafted at 80cm Size: 100-130cm Root type: 5L pot* Syringa meyeri 'Palibin' Price £35 (inc VAT)
Tree Top grafted at 80cm 100-130cm 5L pot* £35 (inc VAT)
Syringa meyeri 'Palibin' Form: bush Size: 40-60cm Root type: 5L pot* Syringa meyeri 'Palibin' Price £35 (inc VAT)
bush 40-60cm 5L pot* £35 (inc VAT)
Syringa meyeri 'Palibin' Form: bush Size: 60-90cm Root type: 10L pot* Syringa meyeri 'Palibin' Price £60 (inc VAT)
bush 60-90cm 10L pot* £60 (inc VAT)
Total: £0 (VAT Free)