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PlantFiles: Dwarf Lilac
Syringa 'Tinkerbelle'

Family: Oleaceae (oh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Syringa (si-RING-gah) (Info)
Cultivar: Tinkerbelle
Additional cultivar information: (PP12294, aka Tinkerbelle', Bailbelle)
Hybridized by N. Holland; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1999

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One member has or wants this plant for trade.


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 C (-50 F)
USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 C (-45 F)
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
By grafting
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive susieQ47 On May 15, 2012, susieQ47 from Calgary
Canada wrote:

Planted this top graft in 2007 so now 5y old. I love the way this tree deliquesces - doesn't resemble a formal topiary. It has withstood an uprooting due to severed winds 2 years ago and is still blooming profusely. I would love to purchase more of these but unable to find supplier here in Calgary, Canada.

Neutral Joan On Apr 24, 2009, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

This cultivar was created at Harwood, North Dakota by the cross of Syringa meyeri `Palibin` and Syringa microphylla `Superba`.

A wonderful smaller lilac that puts on lots of blossoms every spring.

Last summer was one of our driest on record and when all of the other lilac cultivars were showing signs of severe stress (wilting leaves etc.), Tinkerbelle held up the best.

Positive catcollins On Jan 27, 2009, catcollins from West Friendship, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:

This dwarf variety has a compact habit without trimming. Blooms profusely and reliably without any attention. Much better choice than the species or most larger varieties that tend to sprawl haplessly. Ours has been in place for almost 5 years and gets a tiny bit of shade from a young Blue Atlas Cedar.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Skokie, Illinois
Lexington, Kentucky
West Friendship, Maryland
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Belfield, North Dakota
Portland, Oregon
Allentown, Pennsylvania
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Freeland, Washington

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