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Miss Kim Lilac Tree

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Compact Lilac Artfully Grafted into a Tree Form

  • Three Seasons of Beauty
  • Small Enough for any Garden
  • Great Cut Flowers
  • Beautiful Lavender Color

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 his muse? She must have been extremely beautiful to have the Miss Kim Lilac Tree ((Syringa pubescens subsp. patula 'Miss Kim') named after her, that's for sure.

We may never know where the name for this specimen came from. But we do that this mysteriously lovely lilac is now a nursery standard because of its excellence. 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 it's shrub 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!

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!

There is no end to the ways you could incorporate a Miss Kim lilac Tree into your garden. It's compact, lifted, form means you can fit it just about anywhere! We recommend putting it somewhere it can be admired by you and your neighbors from spring until fall.

This Miss Kim Lilac Tree will catch more than just the jealous eyes of your neighbors, butterflies will all but line up for a chance to stop by for a snack and some rest. Your garden will be amassed with fluttering wings from the moment this tree blooms open up. You may even see a hummingbird flit around hoping for a taste!

Taking care of a Miss Kim lilac tree is actually quite easy. Simply plant it somewhere with well draining soil and access to a fair amount of sun and a bit of shade. Make sure you plant it where it can be admired. This is no "back corner side yard" plant. It is perfect as a main feature in a cottage garden bed or even an accent plant in your border. This tree is especially eye-popping in containers as a standard topiary under-planted with ivies, annuals or grasses!

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 today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 14.95
20 - 49.99 17.95
50 - 69.99 19.95
70 - 99.99 24.95
100 - 129.99 29.95
130 - 130+ Approx 25%

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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'
Mature Height 6 - 8 feet
Mature Spread 6 - 8 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Type Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Purple
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Burgundy / Purple
Pollinator Friendly Yes