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Korean Lilac Syringa pubescens subsp. patula

Other plants called Korean Lilac:

Previously known as:

  • Syringa patula
Phonetic Spelling
si-RING-gah pew-BES-senz PAT-yoo-luh
Description

This lilac cultivar has lavender to ice blue, sweetly fragrant, single flowers that are arranged in dense, terminal clusters (panicles to 3" long). It blooms in late spring to early summer, with a spicier scent than common lilac (Syringa vulgaris). It will tolerate some shade but produces more flowers when grown in full sun and prefers neutral to slightly alkaline soil (pH near 7.0), that is reasonably fertile, well-drained and never becomes water-logged. Although it has more powdery mildew resistance than other lilac varieties, it does best in areas with good air circulation. 

Prune immediately after flowering as it flowers on old wood.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Sloped Front Yard
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Miss Kim'
'Miss Kim'
Tags:
#hummingbirds#sun#showy flowers#deciduous#fragrant flowers#small spaces#specimen#shrub#purple flowers#partial sun#cut flowers#salt tolerant#cottage garden#black walnut#hedges#moist soil#well-drained soil#neutral ph#deer resistant#dense#foundation planting#woodland#rounded#cutting garden#alkaline soil tolerant#asian garden#urban conditions tolerant#loamy soils tolerant#walkways#border#screen#compact#butterfly friendly
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Miss Kim'
'Miss Kim'
Tags:
#hummingbirds#sun#showy flowers#deciduous#fragrant flowers#small spaces#specimen#shrub#purple flowers#partial sun#cut flowers#salt tolerant#cottage garden#black walnut#hedges#moist soil#well-drained soil#neutral ph#deer resistant#dense#foundation planting#woodland#rounded#cutting garden#alkaline soil tolerant#asian garden#urban conditions tolerant#loamy soils tolerant#walkways#border#screen#compact#butterfly friendly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Syringa
    Species:
    pubescens
    Family:
    Oleaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Northeast China / Manchuria to Korea
    Wildlife Value:
    Lilacs attract butterflies and hummingbirds.
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Colorful
    Fragrance
    Screening
    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:
    Dense
    Oval
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil pH:
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    6-feet-12 feet
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3b, 3a, 4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Good Cut
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Cross
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    4-6" panicles (often in pairs) of lilac-purple flowers.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Soft
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Oblong
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Dull dark green elliptic, acuminate leaves up to- 5" long and 1/2" - 2" wide. Slightly pubescent above, densely beneath.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Small Space
    Walkways
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Asian Garden
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Cutting Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Screen/Privacy
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Black Walnut
    Deer
    Salt
    Urban Conditions
    Wind