Syringa pubescens ssp. patula ‘Miss Kim’

dwarf Korean lilac

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Outstanding Qualities

Syringa pubescens subsp. patula 'Miss Kim' is one of the most disease-resistant lilacs for the Pacific Northwest. Appearing in mid-to late May, pale pink-purple flowers carry a sweet but not overpowering fragrance. In autumn the small leaves turn yellow with a purple blush. This useful lilac is a slow grower that forms a compact, somewhat rounded shrub. The overall impression created by its small leaves and finely branched structure is neat and delicate-perfect for the small-space garden or for complementing small conifers or broadleaf evergreens with medium-sized leaves. Use it in the perennial border to add structure to a bed. If you want a lilac but don't have a great deal of room, this is for you!

Quick Facts

Plant Type: compact shrub

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 12 ft. 0 in. (3.66 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8

Flower Color: purple

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: regular to occasional watering

Seasonal Interest: fragrant spring flowers & autumn color

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: silver, gold, variegated

Great Color Partners: pink, purple, dark green

Culture Notes
Dwarf Korean lilac is very resilient and easy to grow. It will grow well in most soils including sand and clay if the drainage is adequate. Once established plants only need occasional watering in extended dry spells. Dwarf Korean lilac flowers best and has the richest fall color in full sun. Leaves break down quickly once they fall, eliminating the need for raking. Prune only to remove weak or dead branches. Old plants can be rejuvenated if necessary by removing older stems at ground level and allowing young vigorous shoots to replace them.