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Hi, I just planted two lilac trees in a very small garden (surrounded by concrete). I am concerned that eventually they will shade the garden too much to grow vegies. So I am wondering if it will hurt them if I keep them pruned down to a small size - rather than letting them grow big. Thanks!
While 'Tinkerbelle' will maintain a small stature on it's own, 'Madame Lemoine' will need constant vigilance to maintain a 6-8 foot height. Perhaps you might want to peruse the listing of lilacs on the site to find more diminuative shrubs; Tink has kin, such as 'Sugar Plum Fairy' or 'Fairydust', and the Korean types are small but smelly and would give you a different bloom time...