Lottah Nursery Tasmania, Australia

Syringa pubescens ssp. patula Miss Kim

Syn: S. patula 'Miss Kim', S. velutina, 'Korean Lilac', 'Manchurian Lilac', S. microphylla 'Katinka'

This is described by Fiala as a selection made by Meader from seed he collected in Korea in 1948. However the Lilac Register records this as being introduced by Yeager in 1954.

'Miss Kim' is a horticultural gem with masses of very fragrant pale violet/lavender single florets in mid-season. Leaves turn a rich burgundy color in Autumn and persist before falling. There appears to be no tendency to sucker.

The ortet (original plant) was 3 m high and 5 m across after 30 years, but because of the slow growth (extension growth of 200 mm for the season is considered reasonable, unlike S. sweginzowii 'Tigerstedtii' which can put on 1500 mm) this is classified as a semi-dwarf. Pruning should effectively control size should this ever become necessary.

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Syringa pubescens ssp. patula 'Miss Kim' shrub
Syringa pubescens ssp. patula 'Miss Kim' flowers

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