Manchurian Lilac 'Miss Kim'

Syringa pubescens subsp. patula

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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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us



Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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

Toney, Alabama

Anchorage, Alaska

Flagstaff, Arizona

San Leandro, California

Colbert, Georgia

Cornelia, 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

Hinesburg, Vermont

Appomattox, Virginia

Burke, Virginia

Harrisonburg, Virginia

Lexington, Virginia

Newport News, Virginia

Bellevue, Washington

Lakewood, Washington

Port Angeles, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Fairmont, West Virginia

Menasha, Wisconsin

Owen, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 29, 2015, ellenfoster from Hinesburg, VT wrote:

I've had my Miss Kim lilac for about 15 years and I love it. It is a different plant than S vulgaris, which increases it charm for me. The individual flowers are smaller more tubular and the panicles are shorter, which makes them easier to arrange with other flowers. It blooms later than other lilacs. The smell fills the yard and floats in through the window. The fragrance is strong and a bit spicier than vulgaris. All but one member of my family loves it. One of my sons finds it overwhelming and unpleasant, so I would suggest smelling one before you buy. It is a very dense plant with dark green leaves about the size of a half dollar, which make nice greens in other flower bouquets. It has a naturally round shape, so it would not normally need any pruning to shape it- just enough to k... read more


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.


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


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?


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 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.


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.


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.... read more