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Height: 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m) 6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m) 8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
Spacing: 10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
Hardiness: 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)
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?
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.
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.
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.
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 Gages Lake, Illinois Machesney Park, Illinois Yorkville, Illinois Indianapolis, Indiana Logansport, Indiana Olathe, Kansas Shawnee, Kansas Hebron, Kentucky Cresaptown-bel Air, Maryland Dracut, Massachusetts Winchester, Massachusetts 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 Conneaut, Ohio Fairport Harbor, Ohio Highland Heights, Ohio Tulsa, Oklahoma Cedar Hills, Oregon Deschutes River Woods, Oregon Portland, Oregon North Augusta, South Carolina Fairfield Glade, Tennessee Fruit Heights, Utah Appomattox, Virginia Burke, Virginia Harrisonburg, Virginia Lexington, Virginia Newport News, Virginia Seattle, Washington Fairmont, West Virginia Menasha, Wisconsin Owen, Wisconsin