Syringa patula 'Miss Kim'
Korean Lilac
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Family: Olive family (Oleaceae)
Native Habitat: Korea, northern China

General Lilac Information:
Ah, Lilacs! The quintessential spring flowering shrub. The plant to buy mom for Mother's Day. The beautiful flowers and their incredible fragrance. They've been one of our most popular shrubs for centuries. In fact the first record for their cultivation dates to the 1500's.

When most people think of Lilacs, it's the "Common Lilac" (Syringa vulgaris) that springs to mind.  A wonderful shrub in many respects, it does have some serious deficiencies, three in particular. They grow too large for many gardens. Depending on variety they can max out at 8 to 15 ft. in height with a spread of 6 to 12 ft. Not a small shrub! They tend to sucker, many varieties profusely. These root suckers surround the plant at the base and really detract from what would otherwise be a nice vase-shaped form. And perhaps worst of all, they are often disease prone with powdery mildew on the foliage being particularly troublesome. Leaves can be almost completely covered by mildew in bad years.

Fortunately there are some fantastic lilac varieties that have nearly all the positives of Common Lilac with none of the negatives. We've tried to select a few of the best to offer in our catalog.

This variety:
One of the few Lilacs to display fall color, 'Miss Kim' also puts forth a wonderful floral display in spring. 4 to 6" long panicles of deep purple buds open to sweetly fragrant icy-blue flowers in late spring. It blooms somewhat late in spring for a Lilac, which helps to nicely extend the length of the Lilac season. The relatively large leaves can reach up to 5" in length and are always free of mildew and other foliar diseases. The foliage turns an attractive burgundy color in fall.


Ornamental Characteristics:
Long panicles of of purple buds open to fragrant light blue flowers.
Habit & Growth Rate:
Medium-slow growth rate. Can grow to 7 or 8' high and slightly narrower after many years. Easily pruned to a smaller size.
Landscape Uses: Shrub border, foundation plantings, specimen plant. Flowers attract butterflies.
Hardiness: Zone 4 to 8
Easily grown in average garden soil. Full sun best. Excellent disease resistance.

Award of Garden Merit, Royal Horticultural Society