General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Moderately alkaline (7.9 – 8.4)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 4-9 feet
Plant Spread: 5-7 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on old wood
Other: Remove faded flowers right after they bloom to ensure blooms the following year.
Flower Color: Lavender
Other: Light lavender
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Resistances: Powdery Mildew
Deer Resistant
Awards and Recognitions: Other: 2004 Great Plant Picks award winner

Common names
  • Manchurian Lilac
  • Lilac

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  • Posted by pepper23 ( KC metro area, Missouri - Zone 6a) on Apr 14, 2016 7:26 PM concerning plant:
    This plant can take up to 3 years to bloom from planting time. It has lavender-colored blooms, which are a magnet for butterflies.
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Mar 5, 2019 8:08 PM concerning plant:
    This Miss Kim Manchurian Lilac is somewhat commonly sold at conventional nurseries in the Midwestern and Eastern US. It grows as a rounded oval bushy form, often about 5 to 6 feet high, but to 10 feet is possible. The leaves get about 5 inches long and are lance-shaped with a pointed apex (leaf tip). The light purple flowers are fragrant, but have some privet smell in them and do not smell as good as the Common Lilac, and bloom later in late May or early June. They seem to do better in the Chicago, IL region than in the Philadelphia, PA region, as I have seen some decline in some plants, not all, in the later area, maybe from moister clay soil or the higher level of humidity. The species is native to northern China and Korea.
Plant Events from our members
christine2 From June 18, 2018 to May 1, 2018 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
Broken over winter, Kari removed.
christine2 On May 1, 2008 Obtained plant
dnrevel On May 23, 2021 Bloomed
Blooms emerging as of yesterday. Can smell the sweet scent in the house.
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Lilac ID by Calif_Sue Mar 31, 2016 8:31 PM 6
My lilac tree from a cutting of my mums .growing strong . by Ashleycunliffe May 10, 2020 8:42 PM 2

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