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Dwarf Lilac 'Josee'


Family: Oleaceae (oh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Syringa (si-RING-gah) (Info)
Cultivar: Josee



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

By simple layering

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


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

Ohatchee, Alabama

Burbank, California

Navarre, Florida

Sioux Center, Iowa

East Lansing, Michigan

Lake Park, Minnesota

Lebanon, Missouri

Pelham, New Hampshire

Coram, New York

Elba, New York

Hillsborough, North Carolina

Holly Springs, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Cleveland, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio

Zanesville, Ohio

Enid, Oklahoma

Dillsburg, Pennsylvania

Harrison Valley, Pennsylvania

Havertown, Pennsylvania

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Crossville, Tennessee

Fort Worth, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

South Burlington, Vermont

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 20, 2014, nray57 from Lebanon, MO wrote:

I prune mine for shape after blooming, and it stays about 4'. I have tried not pruning and pruning, either way, the re-bloom is very scarce. It handles our hot humid summers well and survived a brutal winter here as well. Nothing can beat the smell of lilacs in the sprig, and this one is small enough that I can include it in my border right next to my front door.


On Aug 8, 2012, harmlessgirl from Burbank, CA wrote:

Have four of these, three along our back fence in full sun all day long, and one in a pot next to our garage. All do incredibly well, even in the 100+ degree temps we sometimes get in Southern California. The ones along the back fence are only two years old and they're putting out a second flush of blooms despite the brutal August heat! My mom grew up in Montana and has been waxing poetic about the smell of lilacs in the spring since I was a kid. She was completely floored when I found these little beauties AND was able to get them to not only survive in our climate, but thrive! Needless to say, I'll be getting her one or two for her birthday this year!


On Aug 4, 2011, mcrousse from Holly Springs, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is not what I would call a dwarf shrub- mine are at least 6- feet tall in full sun- but I have enjoyed them thus far. They attained that height in 4 years. I do not fuss over them and water them occasionally. I do not deadhead them and they rebloom on and off through the summer. The rebloom is not as showy as the first spring bloom. They have taken our awful heat this summer with no trouble. Many lilacs cannot handle our climate. I have three planted in a small hedge and they are doing great, planted in yucky clay soil here in zone 7b. They have set seed this year as well.


On Jun 5, 2010, harper97 from Pelham, NH wrote:

My Josee is very happy in rich soil in full sun. It has grown larger than the 6' it's supposed to attain (shrubs do that in my back yard's wonderful soil.), and each spring it is hard to see the leaves for all the gloriously fragrant, lilac-pink blooms. It appeared dead when I first got it, and I called the catalog seller, who promptly sent a replacement, and said "our compliments" when the first plant pulled through. The second one was labeled "Josee", but has a more upright shape and blooms a tad later. But both rebloom at least once for me, and I don't deadhead religiously either. I would happily plant a whole hedge of Josee.


On Sep 11, 2008, Joy from Kalama, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

‘Josee’ (S. x ‘Josee’) A unique dwarf lilac hybrid with an attractive spring display of lavender-pink flowers, reminiscent of Meyer Lilac (S. meyeri), one of its parents, but with a reblooming tendency, especially in the fall, which is more typical of Littleleaf Lilac, another one of its parents. Very tough and easy to grow. Height 4-6’, spread 4-6’.


On Jun 4, 2007, zville123 from Zanesville, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Nice, small lilac with fragrant pink flowers. If deadheaded in the spring, it will throw out an occasional bloom in the summer. If your area is going through a dry spell, remember to water it.


On Dec 29, 2004, RDT from Crossville, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

I planted this lilac in the fall of 2003. It was quite small but the following Spring it put out a few sprigs of blooms. I deadheaded after the blossoms was spent. This is a requirement if you want it to rebloom. And then it bloomed 6 to 8 weeks later and continued to do so until October.