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Miss Kim Manchurian Lilac Syringa pubescens subsp. patula 'Miss Kim'

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si-RING-gah pew-BES-senz PAT-yoo-luh
Description

'Miss Kim Lilac' is a compact deciduous flowering shrub. This cultivar is a member of the Oleaceae or olive family and is smaller than the Common Lilac. It grows upright and has a somewhat rounded habit. This shrub measures 4 to 9 feet at maturity. In the spring, its flowers are fragrant and appear initially as purple buds and then become dense paired terminal clusters of lavender tubular-shaped blossoms. 

The plant is a native of Northeast China and Korea. Reportedly, the seed for 'Miss Kim' was collected in Korea's Pouk Han Mountains in 1947 by Professor E. M. Meader. It was given the name 'Miss Kim' because that is a common name in Korea. It was released by the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station in 1954. The Royal Horticultural Society has honored this shrub with the prestigious Award of Garden Merit. It has been recognized for its landscape appeal, hardiness, and pest resistance. 

The genus name, Syringa, originates from the Greek word "syrinx" which means "tube or pipe." The species name, pubescens, means "downy or hairy."

'Miss Kim Lilac' blooms best in full sun. It prefers a neutral to alkaline pH and rich loamy moist soil. Good air circulation is required, so plant crowding should be avoided. The shrub is hardy from USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 8. They are easy to grow and maintain. If pruning is needed, this is best done immediately after flowering. 'Miss Kim' blooms on old wood. If pruned too late the blooms for next year may be inadvertently removed. Deadheading spent blooms will increase blooming. This shrub may be propagated by softwood cuttings, grafting, or chip budding.

The leaves are dark green, elliptical to ovate in shape, and measure 3-5 inches long. In the fall, the leaves turn a burgundy red. The lavender flowers are showy, fragrant, and make an excellent cut flower. 

'Miss Kim Lilac' attracts butterflies and hummingbirds and is deer resistant.

This compact shrub has three seasons of interest and would be a good selection for small landscape areas. It may be used as a specimen, mixed border, hedge, or group plantings. Its showy fragrant blooms in spring and attractive fall foliage will be an added attraction in your landscape. 

Quick ID Hints:

  • more compact than Common Lilac
  • dense clusters of fragrant and showy lavender tubular-shaped blooms in the spring
  • dark green elliptical leaves that turn burgundy-red in the fall

Diseases, Pest, and Other Problems:

This shrub has no serious insect or disease problems. It has excellent resistance to powdery mildew. Possible diseases may include lilac blight and honey fungus. Insects that may be problematic include leaf-mining moth, thrips, and willow scale.

More information on Syringa pubescens subsp. patula.

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Syringa
    Species:
    pubescens
    Family:
    Oleaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Grafting
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Native to Northeast China to Korea and Manchuria
    Distribution:
    Native: China and Korea; Distribution: United States--AL, AK, CA, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MD, MA, MI, MS, NH, NC, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, and WS
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts birds and butterflies.
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Colorful
    Easy to Grow
    Fragrance
    Dimensions:
    Height: 4 ft. 0 in. - 9 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 5 ft. 0 in. - 7 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil pH:
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4b, 4a, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Good Cut
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    The flowers are fragrantly scented, lavender in color, and tubular in shape. They are arranged into dense terminal paired clusters that measure about 4-5 inches long, typically blooming in May.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Oblong
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    The leaves are dark green, elliptical to ovate, simple, and oppositely arranged. They measure 3 to 5 inches long. In the fall, the leaves turn burgundy-red.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Small Space
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Cutting Garden
    Garden for the Blind
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Screen/Privacy
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer