Miss Kim Lilac Tree

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Short on space, but want high style and the phenomenal spring fragrance of Lilacs? Try the upscale Tree-Form of the Miss Kim Lilac bush (Syringa pubescens subsp. patula 'Miss Kim'). The overall size of the plant stays smaller, remains denser and rounded atop a straight and study 36-inch standard trunk! Also known as the Manchurian Lilac, this is an elegant shrub with a really nice natural shape in an elevated grafted form that brings that incredible scent right to your nose!

The Miss Kim Lilac Tree is a stunning take on the original ornamental shrub that's sure to make a beautiful addition to your garden! Just like its shrub-form counterpart, the Miss Kim Lilac Tree bursts with wonderful soft lavender clusters come late springtime. This tree blooms later than most lilacs, so you can extend your lilac season with ease. The blossoms are perfectly framed by the light green foliage of this deciduous tree. All of which is perched atop a standard, lifting the display just high enough to add a bit of texture to your garden! Add Miss Kim Tree Lilacs to a collection of Lilacs to extend your heavenly season of bloom.

The flower buds are dark purple-pink, but the flowers open from pale lavender to ice blue. The abundant blooms finish their season by fading to a very soft lavender pink. The flowers feature that classic sweet Lilac fragrance that can be smelled throughout the garden. They smother your whole plant in late spring.

During the summer, this tree will stay a pleasant green and as the season fades to fall, the leaves will blush red for an additional season of interest. That means in one tree, you'll get three seasons of beautiful, and different colors. Now that's what we call a bargain! The dark green leaves are smaller and rounded and will stay a pleasant green all summer. As the season fades to fall, the leaves will blush red for an additional season of interest. In some years, the foliage turns a beautiful burgundy fall color. Plus, your Miss Kim has the best fall color of any Lilac on the market!

Miss Kim Lilac has great powdery mildew resistance and can be used in urban landscapes. Not only for her showy good looks, easy-care nature, and fragrant flowers, but she shows tolerance to urban pollution and can even tolerate road salt. Best of all, this is the best fragrant Lilac for the south! Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 4-8, Miss Kim requires fewer chill hours to produce bloom than French varieties.

Just who was Miss Kim? Rumors abound. Was she the helper to Elwyn Meader who discovered this beautiful lilac in the mountains of Korea during the war? If so, what made her their muse? She must have been extremely beautiful to have the Miss Kim Lilac Tree named after her, that's for sure!

Planting and Application:

We recommend putting this fantastic element somewhere it can be admired by you and your neighbors from spring until fall! There are so many ways to enjoy a compact Lilac Tree in your landscape. Wherever you choose to use Miss Kim, please know that she'll bloom best for you in full sun. Once established, Miss Kim is seriously low maintenance. She can tolerate road salt, so try a head-turning accent on either side of your driveway or accenting a corner of your yard by the front sidewalk.

For major curb appeal, plant a Tree Lilac by your front entry or steps, or create a raised planting bed on your front lawn to elevate your property. If you have higher windows, or just want a bit of privacy for your front windows, A Lilac will make a marvelous modern foundation planting focal point. Or use a single plant as a specimen to anchor the corner of a foundation planting.

This Miss Kim Lilac will catch more than just the jealous eyes of your neighbors. It brings butterflies and hummingbirds who love easy access to the delicious nectar. Plant Miss Kim where you can enjoy the tremendous fragrance and enjoy the massive flower displays, and all the wildlife that are attracted to them.

Use her in a side yard or create a lawn planting with a gently curved island garden bed. Use as a fantastic single focal point, or in groupings of three or odd numbers, for the most natural look. Underplant with smaller evergreens and other flowering plants. Don't forget the spring bulbs to really maximize the spring display. The smaller size makes it the perfect accent in a border, walkway, or patio. Anywhere this classy lady will get all the attention! Don't forget to cut armloads and bring them indoors to enjoy in your cut flower arrangements. That way you can enjoy the blooms and fragrance anywhere!

You can even keep them in large containers for several years. Use container plants for strategic screening on the patio or romantic and upscale pool deck décor. Try one on either side of your entryways, doors and pathways. You will love the creative possibilities afforded by this desirable Tree-Form Lilac.

  • Massive Display of Fragrant Purple Buds in Early Spring
  • Fragrant Lavender Flower Clusters
  • Beautiful Dark Green Leaves
  • Straight, Sturdy 36-inch Standard Graft
  • Green Foliage Turns Burgundy in Fall
  • Nice, Rounded Form & Foliage
  • Compact Smaller Lilac Fits in Any Yard
  • Attracts Butterflies & Excellent in Cut Arrangements
  • Interest in Three Seasons of The Year
  • Best Lilac Tree for the Warmer Zone to 8

#ProPlantTips for Care:

People love Lilacs for their fragrant blooms, so we want to provide some expert care tips to encourage the best blooms and healthiest Tree.

Like all Lilacs, you'll get the best flowering if you site it in full sun. If there is too much shade, your Lilac will limp along and produce leaves, but it will likely never produce blooms. Air circulation is always a good idea for Lilacs. Sunny, well-drained soils are always best for the best vigor and flowers. If you see long-lasting puddles in the area you want to plant a Miss Kim, bring additional native soil and create a mound 18 - 24 inches. Plant directly in that mound. This is especially true if you have clay soils. She will not tolerate standing water or wet feet.

That first year, you'll want to provide a moderate amount of water. If you haven't gotten a good rain, get out there and check the soil near your Lilacs. Once Miss Kim's roots are established in your soil - after the first season or two - you can rely on rainfall. For best results, give supplemental water in late fall, and dry times of the year. Cover the root system with around 3-4 inches of Arborist bark chips.

For Lilacs near the lawn, be careful about high nitrogen lawn fertilizers near the base of the plant. This will make lots of foliage but discourage blooms. Instead, feed it a nice slow-release fertilizer for blooming plants once a year in spring after your Lilac has leafed out.

While this plant grows about 6 - 10 inches a year into a compact shape, it's possible to prune it if needed. Prune directly following the bloom to correct crossing branches or remove any broken limbs. Lilacs bloom on last year's wood. If you prune too early or too late, you'll lose the flowers for next spring. Prune it right after it flowers and before seeds are formed assures you an abundance of flowers the following year.

Once your plant gets about 10 years old, it's time for a 3-year renewal pruning project. After the flowers are finished, remove 1/3 of the thickest, oldest stems all the way down at the ground. This leaves the younger thinner stems in place for a nice natural form of the plant. Do this each year for 3 years.

Miss Kim Lilac is listed on many deer-resistant plant lists. However, if deer populations are high and the food is limited deer may sample any plant. If you live with deer in your area, apply repellent spray on planting day. Deer are hungry and curious, and you want to train them to leave your plants alone. Reapply according to the label.

  • Full Sun & Good Air Circulation
  • Moderate Consistent Moisture
  • Mulched Well-Drained Enriched Soil
  • Prune Only Immediately After Flowering
  • Hardy, Easy Care & Resistant to Powdery Mildew
  • Deer Resistant

Even though the back story might be lost in time, it's not a mystery that you will love this lilac tree. Don't wait, order a Miss Kim Lilac Tree-Form from NatureHills.com today!

Frequently Asked Questions

How big does Miss Kim Lilac Tree get?

Miss Kim Lilac Trees can reach a mature height and a width of 6-8 feet in optimal conditions. They are grafted onto a 36-inch standard trunk.

Is the Miss Kim Lilac Tree any good?

The Miss Kim Lilac Tree is a fantastic fragrant plant that is more compact than other Lilac varieties. This Tree-Form elevates all this beauty into a high-style accent!

How do you take care of a Miss Kim Lilac Tree?

Provide your Lilac Tree with full sun and well-drained enriched soil that has a good layer of mulch over the soil surface. Water moderately yet consistently and fertilize with a blooming plant fertilizer at least once a year. Prune only immediately after the first flowers have faded.

Are Miss Kim Lilac Trees fragrant?

Miss Kim Lilac Trees carry the distinctive flowery, sweet Lilac scent! It's just closer to your nose on its standard!

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Miss Kim Lilac Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Syringa pubescens subsp. patula 'Miss Kim'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 6 - 8 feet
Mature Spread 6 - 8 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Burgundy / Purple
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes