Syringa pubescens subsp. patula

If you are short on space but still want the scent of a lilac, you are in luck with the Miss Kim lilac (Syringa pubescens subsp. patula ‘Miss Kim’). This plant remains denser, stays smaller, and grows slower than a common lilac. The elegant shrub keeps its natural shape as it produces a massive display of springtime flowers. You will want to add this gorgeous and fragrant shrub to your outdoor spaces.

Miss Kim Lilac Attributes

The Miss Kim lilac is a Korean variety of the French lilacs. After other lilacs are done blooming for the season, the Miss Kim provides additional blooms throughout the growing season. The flower buds are a dark purple-pink hue. As they open, the colors vary from an icy blue to pale lavender. The flowers fade to a soft lavender-pink shade at the end of the season.

Along with the pink colors, these flowers have a sweet fragrance that travels throughout your garden. The scent is most noticeable in late spring. The dark leaves feature a more rounded and smaller shape than other lilac varieties. In the summer, the foliage retains its green color. By the autumn season, the leaves transform into a shade of blush red. However, there are some years when this shrub delivers a stunning burgundy fall color.




  • Watering Needs: Water regularly – weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • Botanical Pronunciation: sih-REEN-gah pew-BES-senz PAT-ew-la
  • Plant type: Shrub
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Deciduous
  • Growth rate: Slow
  • Average landscape size: Slow growing; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide, or more with age.
  • Special features: Compact Form, Easy Care, Fall Color, Improved Disease Resistance, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, Tolerates Road Salt
  • Dramatic Foliage: Color, Easy Care
  • Foliage color: Green
  • Blooms: Spring
  • Flower color: Purple
  • Flower attributes: Fragrant, Showy Flowers
  • Garden style: Cottage, Rustic
  • Design Ideas:A lilac with wonderful fragrance and good fall color that needs to be planted where it can be admired for three seasons of the year. The smaller-than-usual growth of this shrub makes it easy to place in the front of a border, or use as a low hedge along the drive or sidewalk.
  • Companion Plants: Boxwood (Buxus); Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Coneflower (Echinacea); Juniper (Juniperus); Maiden Grass (Miscanthus

Miss Kim Lilac Landscape Uses

This lilac is a versatile plant, and there are so many ways to use it in your yard. Smaller evergreens and flowering plants work best when they are underplanted with this shrub. If you want a dense hedge, you need to plant these shrubs 2 to 3 feet apart from the center of each lilac. However, the Miss Kim lilac can be planted about 3 to 4 feet apart for those looser hedges. For homes with higher windows, you should think about adding the Miss Kim as a foundation planting. A single plant makes an excellent specimen to anchor those property corners.

With its small size, the Miss Kim is the perfect plant for patio and walkway borders. In a backyard landscape, this lilac is great for hedging the back of your mixed borders. You should plant in a checkerboard pattern to create a thick mass planting. This lilac will do well in a large container as a screen for a pool deck or patio. If you want to give your entrance a dramatic appearance, then you might want to add the Miss Kim to either side of your entryway.

Miss Kim Planting and Care

The Carol Mackie daphne will grow to three to four feet tall, and they are at least the same size in width. The shrub will form a rounded and dense form. Its small, oblong leaves are edged in a creamy white color that will look fresh throughout the season. In some variations, the edges can turn from white to a golden hue.

In mild climates, the leaves will remain evergreen. However, in those cold conditions, you may see the leaves drop. In some cases, the Carol Mackie daphne is slow to produce leaves in the spring. Some plants growing in adjacent areas will have varying leaf development times. This shrub is rated as hardy in zones 5 to 9.

These daphnes will do well when planted in partial shade to full sun. They also can tolerate any well-draining soil. Once the plant has established, it is almost impossible to move it without any damage. Many daphnes are finicky, and they can die without proper care. These shrubs are susceptible to root rot. For that reason, you will need to place them in areas with good drainage. The Carol Mackie daphne loves consistent moisture, but they will tolerate drought conditions once it is established. However, during arid conditions, the daphne will drop its leaves.

The Carol Mackie daphnes are resistant to deer, but you may see pests under the stems in the winter. Minor pruning is beneficial for this shrub. During the winter, you should make sure that heavy snow does not split open the plant or break off branches. The Carol Mackie is prone to this type of damage in the winter. If you are looking to limit the damage during winter storms, then you will need to prune the shrub. For many years, experts suggested never to prune daphnes, but it is now recommended to prune these plants, especially the Carol Mackie variety. Regular pruning will help to keep the daphne in great shape. You will want to remove up to one-fourth of the old-growth after this daphne has matured. Since the bark is susceptible to tears, you must be careful when pruning. Heavy fertilization can also promote soft growth that can cause damage to the shrub.

Add the Miss Kim Lilac To Your Space

Syringa pubescens subsp. patula

This compact, upright lilac blooms later than other varieties. The Miss Kim lilac will extend your blooming season until the early summer. In the autumn, you can enjoy the reddish colors of the foliage. This shrub is an excellent choice as a mass planting or border accent. There are so many ways to appreciate the beauty of the Miss Kim lilac in your yard.

When you are ready to purchase the Miss Kim lilac, Arbor Valley Nursery can help you. With our large selection of products, we will find the perfect match for your landscape project. If you want more information about this beautiful and fragrant lilac, please take a minute to fill out the contact form.

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