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PlantFiles: Manchurian Lilac
Syringa pubescens subsp. patula 'Miss Kim'

Family: Oleaceae (oh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Syringa (si-RING-gah) (Info)
Species: pubescens subsp. patula
Cultivar: Miss Kim

Synonym:Syringa patula

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are fragrant

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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6 positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral coriaceous On Mar 1, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This species is significantly more compact than the common lilac, (Syringa vulgaris). It's about 2/3 the height, to 6-8' eventually instead of 10-12'.

The fragrance is strong but noticeably different in quality from the common lilac. I notice a privet-like note. A friend has compared it to cheap perfume. I don't think it's nearly as nice.

Positive rapidrabbit On Jun 19, 2013, rapidrabbit from Port Angeles, WA wrote:

My plants are only two years old and aproximately two feet high with full sun they have bloomed profusly and the aroma is heavenly

Neutral JAFY2 On May 5, 2011, JAFY2 from Barnegat, NJ wrote:

I am interested in planting a syriga miss kim (small lilac) in a very large tub located on a sunny patio. I understand I will need to keep the plant roots well drained. I would also prune the plant each year to keep it's height below 4 feet. Has this been attempted by others? It is likely to be successful?

Positive audsrz On Dec 29, 2010, audsrz from Traverse City, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

Yes the spring bloom is quite amazing, and the fragrance is overwhelming.My favorite is the fall color on these little warriors! They could go toe to toe with any fall purple ash or red maple in my book.

Positive grrrlgeek On Jun 1, 2009, grrrlgeek from Grayslake, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

They won't bloom here without a decent amount of sun. We have a bunch planted under a second floor deck that were there when we moved in, and most of them never bloom. But they are tough! Some of them heaved out of the ground over the winter. I still have one of them, so bad I picked it up out of the ground with my bare hands. The parts of it that didn't die off are still growing, as it's sitting on it's little rootball, watered only by the rain. It looks like it wants to bloom! And the one that had been behind it simply exploded once it got some light. It's covered in flowers.

Neutral Percy_Arthur On Apr 22, 2008, Percy_Arthur from Harrisonburg, VA wrote:

According to all of the advertising, the leaves are supposed to turn red in the Fall. The leaves on my four "Miss Kim" lilacs always drop off in the heat of the Shenandoah Valley summers, so I just have bare branches in the Fall. They look pretty in the Spring and early summer though.

Positive Marilynbeth On Apr 16, 2008, Marilynbeth from Hebron, KY wrote:

I have two 'Miss Kim' Lilacs that I planted a few years ago. I love when they are in bloom! They are very fragrant and wonderful! A joy to have in the the yard!

Hopefully, I will get some pics this year and post them.

Positive bigcityal On Dec 9, 2005, bigcityal from Menasha, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

This really seems to be the toughest of the lilac I have. The flowers are a little less than the Palliban. The growth is fairly compact.

Positive Pameladragon On Mar 10, 2004, Pameladragon from Appomattox, VA wrote:

We have had five Miss Kim lilacs growing in a waterfowl enclosure for about 7 years. They formed a nice shelter area about 5-6' tall and bloom every year.

The bloom panicles start out pinkish blue in color and gradually turn more bluish-lavender as they open. The fragrance is lovely, typical lilac, and the blooms are fairly long lasting. They do go brown as they fade unless deadheaded. It is easy to keep these shrubs looking neat because they are not overly large.

In my experience they are disease and pest resistant. Praying mantises seem to favor them and there are always many egg cases left behind every fall.

If they do not get sufficient water the plants will sacrifice their blooms, so it is a good idea to monitor them during droughts.

Because they are late bloomers frost is seldom a problem.

Use as a cut flower is limited due to the small stature of these shrubs. The panicles are large but the stems are short. It is better to just enjoy them on the plant.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Toney, Alabama
Anchorage, Alaska
Flagstaff, Arizona
San Leandro, California
Colbert, Georgia
Grayslake, Illinois
Machesney Park, Illinois
Yorkville, Illinois
Indianapolis, Indiana
Logansport, Indiana
Olathe, Kansas
Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Hebron, Kentucky
Cumberland, Maryland
Dracut, Massachusetts
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Winchester, Massachusetts
Blissfield, Michigan
Brooklyn, Michigan
Charlotte, Michigan
Grant, Michigan
Howell, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan
Olive Branch, Mississippi
Auburn, New Hampshire
Sandown, New Hampshire
Raleigh, North Carolina (2 reports)
Bucyrus, Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio
Conneaut, Ohio
Painesville, Ohio
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Bend, Oregon
Lake Oswego, Oregon
Portland, Oregon (2 reports)
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
North Augusta, South Carolina
Crossville, Tennessee
Kaysville, Utah
Appomattox, Virginia
Burke, Virginia
Harrisonburg, Virginia
Lexington, Virginia
Newport News, Virginia
Port Angeles, Washington
Seattle, Washington
Fairmont, West Virginia
Menasha, Wisconsin
Owen, Wisconsin

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