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
Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
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
Hummingbirds
Resistances: Powdery Mildew
Deer Resistant
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM
Other: 2004 Great Plant Picks award winner

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Common names
  • Manchurian Lilac
  • Lilac

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Location: Elberfeld, Indiana
Date: 2017-04-25
Location: Elberfeld, Indiana
Date: 2015-05-06
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Date: 2020 May 31
White Lilacs blooms, Korean lilac cultivar
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Date: 2008-04-24
Location: My garden
Date: 2019-04-18
Location: West Jefferson, North Carolina
Date: 2008-04-20
Location: Elberfeld, Indiana
Date: 2015-05-06
Location: My garden
Date: 2020-04-12
Location: My garden
Date: 2020-04-12

Date: 2017-04-09
Blooms emerging.
Location: Newtown Square, PA
Date: 2007-11-19
flowers in bloom
Location: My garden
Date: 2018-04-28
Location: St Louis
Date: 2021-04-25
Location: Santa Cruz Mountains, California
Date: 2023-05-01
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Date: 2021-05-23
Miss Kim Lilac in fragrant, early bloom
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2022-05-18
flowers and foliage
Location: KALAMA WA
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Kalama, Wa.
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: West border
Date: May 2015
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Plant buds as blush lavender and turns to white in bloom
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2022-05-18
one shrub in bloom planted next to a house
Location: My garden in N E Pa. 
Date: 2016-05-25
Location: My garden
Date: 2024-04-12
Location: KALAMA WA
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Newtown Square, PA
Date: 2011-05-13
full-grown shrub in bloom
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: May 18, 2008 5:11 PM
Smells wonderful when it's in bloom!
Uploaded by Val
  • Uploaded by Val
Location: My backyard in Allentown, PA
Date: 23 May 2016
A close look at one of Miss Kim's clusters on 23 May 2016.
Location: My backyard in Allentown, PA
Date: 2016-05-24
Miss Kim is near her peak in color and aroma on 23 May 2016.
Location: West border
Date: May 2015
Location: Clinton, Michigan 49236
Date: 2017-05-23
"Syringa pubescens subsp. patula 'Miss Kim', 2017, [Manchurian li
Location: My garden
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: May 8, 2010 9:05 PM
Closeup
Location: Virginia
Date: 2011
Location: Virginia
Date: 2011 Spring
Started at a stick 1984
Location: My garden

Photo courtesy of Singing Tree Gardens Nursery
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Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2015-04-05
Location: Eagle Bay, New York
Date: 2021-05-20
Manchurian Lilac 'Miss Kim' - 1st year
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: Late winter
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2011-05-10
Most remarkable in the unopened, bud stage. (Shown here)
Location: Akron, OH
Date: 2017-05-14
Mature shrub, always a heavy bloomer
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-03-07
Branch section with leaf buds - late winter, early spring
Location: Clinton, Michigan 49236
Date: 2017-05-23
"Syringa pubescens subsp. patula 'Miss Kim', 2017, [Manchurian li
Location: My backyard in Allentown, PA
Date: 2016-05-27
One of Miss Kim's clusters catches some early morning sun on 27 M
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: May 6, 2010 9:32 AM
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2012-04-01
Location: My backyard in Allentown, PA
Date: 2017-05-19
One of Miss Kims flower clusters highlightes against a shaded bac
Location: My Garden
Date: 2013-06-24
Location: My Garden
Date: 2013-06-24
The butterflies love this bush and many times it's completely cov
Location: Hinsdale, Illinois
Date: 2021-06-23
unfortunately, sheared rounded
Location: Hinsdale, Illinois
Date: 2021-06-23
summer foliage and spent flowers
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2011-10-28
Location: Clinton, Michigan 49236
Date: 2012-04-15
Syringa vulgaris 'Miss Kim Lilac'
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2012-04-01
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Comments:
  • 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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