Miss Kim Lilac

Syringa pubescens subsp. patula 'Miss Kim'

Family: Lilac

Type: Shrub

Other Common Name: Manchurian Lilac

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Miss Kim Lilac, scientifically known as Syringa patula ‘Miss Kim’, is a popular lilac cultivar cherished for its fragrant, pale purple flowers and compact growth habit. This particular variety stands out for its late spring blooming, providing a delightful display of color and scent when many other spring bloomers are fading. Miss Kim Lilac is known for its resistance to common lilac diseases and its ability to thrive in a variety of climates.

Growing to about 4-7 feet in height and 5-6 feet in width, Miss Kim Lilac is an ideal shrub for small gardens, hedges, or as a standalone specimen in a landscape. Its size and shape make it versatile enough to fit into various garden designs without overwhelming the space. In addition to its beautiful blooms, Miss Kim Lilac’s foliage adds to its appeal, turning from dark green in summer to attractive burgundy tones in the fall.

This lilac variety prefers full sun but can tolerate partial shade. It flourishes in well-drained soil and, once established, is relatively drought-tolerant. Unlike some other lilacs, Miss Kim tolerates warmer climates and does not require a cold period to produce blooms, making it a more flexible choice for different gardening zones.

Needs & Preferences

Hardiness Zone: 2b-3a

Pet Friendly: Yes

Moisture Preference: Dry to moist

Sun Needs: Full sun


Growth Rate: Medium

Average Height (feet): 6

Average Spread (feet): 6

Average Life Span (years): 30

Form: Upright spreading


Flower Color: Purple

Secondary Flower Color: Pink

Bloom Season: In late spring

Foliage Color: Green

Leaf Fall Color: Purple

Foliage Shape: Pointy

Bark Color: Gray

Bark Texture: Smooth

Landscaping Your Yard With Miss Kim Lilac

Miss Kim Lilac is perfect for adding a touch of elegance and fragrance to any garden. Plant it near outdoor living areas to enjoy its delightful aroma or use it as a focal point in a mixed border. Its compact growth habit makes it suitable for smaller spaces where a traditional lilac would be too large.
Incorporate Miss Kim Lilac into formal or cottage garden designs. Its classic lilac blooms and attractive foliage make it a versatile choice for various styles. This lilac is also ideal for creating a low, informal hedge or a border along walkways and driveways.
Due to its attractive foliage that changes color in the fall, Miss Kim Lilac provides year-round interest in the landscape. Pair it with perennials and other shrubs that bloom at different times for a continuously appealing garden.


Suitable Garden Styles

Cottage Garden

In cottage gardens, Miss Kim Lilac adds a traditional and romantic feel. Its fragrant flowers and informal growth habit fit perfectly with the abundant and diverse plantings of this style.

Urban Garden

For urban gardens, Miss Kim Lilac is a great choice due to its compact size and adaptability. It brings beauty and fragrance to smaller city spaces.

Formal Garden

In formal gardens, Miss Kim Lilac can be used as a structured element. Its neat growth habit and consistent blooming make it suitable for symmetrical garden designs.

Miss Kim Lilac Landscaping Ideas

Use Miss Kim Lilac in sensory gardens where its fragrant flowers can be appreciated. Plant it near windows or seating areas where its springtime blooms can be enjoyed up close.

Seasonal Interest


In late spring, Miss Kim Lilac comes alive with clusters of pale purple, fragrant flowers, providing a beautiful and aromatic display.


During the summer, the plant maintains its lush green foliage, adding a fresh and vibrant look to the garden.


In the fall, the leaves of Miss Kim Lilac turn to shades of burgundy and red, adding autumnal interest and extending the visual appeal of the garden.


In winter, Miss Kim Lilac's structure remains intact, offering a stark beauty against the barren landscape, especially when frosted with snow.

Planting Tips

Where to Plant

Miss Kim Lilac should be planted in a location with full sun to ensure abundant blooming. It’s perfect for borders, as a specimen plant, or in garden beds where its fragrant flowers can be enjoyed.


This lilac variety thrives in full sun, requiring at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily for optimal blooming and growth.


Prefers well-drained soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH. It's adaptable to various soil types, provided they are well-draining.


Space Miss Kim Lilac plants about 5-7 feet apart to allow for mature growth, proper air circulation, and overall plant health.

When to Plant

The best time to plant Miss Kim Lilac is in the early spring or fall, allowing the plant to establish its root system in moderate temperatures.

How to Plant

Dig a hole twice the width and the same depth as the root ball. Place the plant in the hole, fill it with soil, water thoroughly, and apply mulch to conserve moisture and suppress weeds.

Plant Care Tips


Water regularly during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Once established, it’s moderately drought-tolerant but benefits from watering during extended dry periods.


Fertilize in early spring with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer to promote healthy growth and vibrant blooms.


Prune immediately after flowering to maintain shape and size. Remove any dead or diseased branches and spent flowers.

By Season


Spring Care

Apply fertilizer and prune as necessary. Begin regular watering as new growth starts.

Summer Care

Continue watering, especially during dry spells. Monitor for pests and diseases, treating as necessary.

Fall Care

Prepare the plant for winter by reducing watering. No fertilization is needed during this period.

Winter Care

Miss Kim Lilac is cold hardy and does not require special winter care. A layer of mulch can provide extra insulation in colder climates.


How Large Does Miss Kim Lilac Get?

Miss Kim Lilac typically grows to about 4-7 feet tall and 5-6 feet wide when mature.

Is Miss Kim Lilac Fragrant?

Yes, Miss Kim Lilac is known for its fragrant, pale purple flowers that bloom in late spring.

Can Miss Kim Lilac Be Grown in a Container?

Yes, due to its compact size, Miss Kim Lilac can be successfully grown in large containers, provided they have adequate drainage.

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