Miss Kim LilacSyringa pubescens subsp. patula 'Miss Kim.'
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Syringa pubescens subsp. patula 'Miss Kim.'
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Everyone loves lilac blossoms, with their gorgeous color and heady perfume. But most make a large shrub and are too big for small gardens or restricted spaces around your house. If this is your problem then the Miss Kim Lilac is your solution. It grows to only six to eight feet, making a rounded shrub that fits well into any part of even a small garden. Your plant will be smothered in early summer with beautiful clusters of flowers, pink before they open and then purple to light-blue and giving off a heavenly fragrance.
Unlike other lilacs, the Miss Kim Lilac will not be covered in dusty mildew in summer and the leaves will not simply shrivel and drop in the fall. Instead you will have healthy green leaves all summer and then an outstanding display of burgundy and red leaves in fall to bring the season to a spectacular finale.
Flowering shrubs have been a mainstay for gardens and landscapes for some time. They accent smaller plants that surround them and break up the space that sits between the more diminutive greenery and the taller more imposing trees. Making the effort to add layers of interest to the grounds surrounding your property ensures a well-balanced garden that, with good planting, will attract a wide range of wildlife. The creation of lush and varied landscapes brings both pleasure to you and an important sources of shelter and food for mammals, birds and insects, something we should all show consideration for when selecting the bulbs, shrubs and trees that will populate our green spaces.
There is no denying what a beautiful specimen this plant is, with the lovely deep dark green shine-free foliage of long elliptical leaves that often curl unevenly at the edges. When the flowers come to maturity then really all else is eclipsed, as this is a real showstopper of a shrub with the flower-packed cones erupting from the foliage in mid spring. The opened buds are a dusky pink, that persists for a while once the four petals have peeled back to expose the long throat so adored by hummingbirds. The exposed inner of the petals is a lovely white that contrasts beautifully with the left over pink, before these tiny flowers phase through different shades of lilac, lavender and pale blue.
There are a few basic things to consider when you are choosing the site for your new ‘Miss Kim’ Manchurian lilac, and first and foremost is the level of sun exposure. There is no doubt that although these may survive in a shaded position, the very best blooms will be borne on stems that get at least six hours of full sunlight a day. This lilac has a preference for pH neutral soil but is also tolerant of slightly alkaline conditions, with acidic soils a no-no. Ensure the soil is well drained as over watering is not appreciated any more than soggy roots are, but do water regularly.
The smaller and denser form of the ‘Miss Kim’ Lilac makes it much more manageable, with it reaching a height of around nine feet over time, and a spread of nine feet in width. This not quite dwarf height means that maintaining them is far simpler, not that there is much to be done in itself. Pruning is best undertaken immediately after flowering, especially if you would like to neaten the shape and structure of the shrub. New buds for next year’s floral display appear soon after the flowers die off, so leaving it any later will impact of the quality of flowers in the next spring. Flowers can be deadheaded as and when required in order to maintain a tidier look, but this is purely aesthetic and is not needed.
Lilacs have long been used in domestic planting situations for their size, aroma, spectacular flowers and highly attractive nature that brings butterflies, bees and even the much loved hummingbird to your garden along with a warm smile to your face. The Manchurian Lilac first appeared as a plant available to horticulturalists and casual gardeners after its discovery in the late 1940s, in Korea’s Pouk Han Mountains. Seeds were collected by a Professor Meader who brought them back to the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station.
After germination the lowest stature seedling that displayed the best autumnal colors and remained mildew free, was named Miss Kim – as a nod to its native country – and was released to the public in 1954. Its smaller and more compact nature has made it a very popular choice for those with slightly less space, and the lovely hues of the flowers and wonderful aroma have caused some to announce that this is indeed the best lilac available today.
If you have a garden that you always wanted to populate with a beautiful lilac, so that you may enjoy the heady and evocative aroma that brings hummingbirds and butterflies to feed on its nectar, but thought there wasn’t one small enough, now you know different. Easy to maintain and care for, with very few requirements, there will be many years of joy had from the planting of ‘Miss Kim’ in a warm, sunny part of your landscape. All there is left for you to is enjoy the wildlife that comes to visit this fragrant shrub year after year after year.
This is one of our most popular lilac bushes, and supplies won’t last long – so order soon to avoid disappointment! For more variety, we invite you to browse other popular lilac bushes that we carry, like the Bloomerang Purple Lilac and the Lavender Lady Lilac.