Miss Kim Korean Lilac: Lavender, Sweetly Fragrant Flowers In May
Syringa pubescens subsp. patula ‘Miss Kim’ or Miss Kim Korean Lilac is a compact cultivar; it is a upright, deciduous shrub which grows 4 to 7 feet tall with a similar spread.
Lavender to ice blue, sweetly fragrant, single flowers are arranged in dense, terminal clusters (panicles that reach 3 inches in length) which cover this shrub in May. Leaves are elliptic to ovate, dark green leaves (about 5 inches in length) and turn burgundy in autumn. This is an especially good selection for southern climates.
The reason for choosing Miss Kim Korean Lilac (Syringa pubescens subsp. patula ‘Miss Kim’) is that it blooms later than most lilacs extending the season for your lilacs, it is one of the most fragrant lilacs (even more fragrant than roses), and it has a more compact growth habit making it easier to fit into a small space. It also has good fall color so it needs to be planted where it can be admired three seasons of the year.
How To Make Your Miss Kim Korean Lilac Thrive
This shrub is easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun. It will tolerate light shade, but best bloom is in full sun. The ideal condition is rich, moist, somewhat neutral soils. You will get better results when you provide good air circulation. Prompt removal of faded flower panicles before seed set will increase bloom in the following year.
General Miss Kim Korean Lilac Information
Diseases And Pests
No serious insect or disease problems. This lilac is considered to be a low maintenance plant with excellent resistance to powdery mildew. Young leaves and flower buds are susceptible to frost injury in spring so location is important.
Softwood cuttings should be taken from the current year’s growth while it is still succulent. Make your cuttings when the new growth is 6 to 8 inches long. Each cutting should have two or three nodes.
Pruning the oldest and most damaged branches from the shrub will improve the blooming season. If you leave the lilac bush to grow wild, the blooms will be small, or fail to grow at all. A good time to prune is directly after a spring bloom, as you will be able to pinpoint the old wood that will not aid future flower production.
This compact cultivar is a good selection for smaller areas. It may be massed, grouped, or planted as a small specimen. Consider it as a choice for shrub borders, foundation plantings, peripheries of borders, or rock gardens.
- Family: Oleaceae
- Botanical Name: Syringa pubescens subsp. patula ‘Miss Kim’
- Plant Type: Deciduous shrub
- Flower Color: Purple
- Blooms: Spring (May)
- Foliage Color: Green, great fall color
- Hardiness Zones: Zones 3 to 9
- Height: 4 to 9 feet
- Width: 5 to 7 feet
- Light Needs: Full sun
- Water Needs: Medium, once established needs only occasional watering
- Average Landscape Size: Slow grower reaching 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide
- Maintenance: Low
- Growth Rate: Slow
- Key features: Compact habit, later blooming lilac, most fragrant lilac
- Attracts: Hummingbirds, butterflies
- Tolerates: Deer
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