Its lovely flowers are equally fragrant, making them excellent species for hobbyists all across the globe, and with Miss Kim lilac (Syringa patula), it fills the garden with a strong, yet pleasant fragrance. Indigenous to Korea, this variety has gained huge popularity as an ornamental plant in Midwestern regions of America.
Planting Miss Kim Lilac
The plant is compact and nearly round, thus serving a perfect specimen or foundation species. Instead, you can simply plant many in groups, in borders to create a background. All shrubs and bushes identified under Syringa are known for their pleasant fragrances. But, there is something unique about this lilac bush.
This type of lilac bush is adaptable to USDA hardiness zones 3 - 7. It performs well and produces heavy flowers in sunlit areas. Ideally, the planting site should receive six hours of sunlight daily. However, when grown as a shrub for shaded areas, the amount of flowers borne on the plant may be less.
Prepare soil in such a way that it has no water draining problem. If required, supplement sand and organic compost before planting it. Dig a planting hole that will fit the root system, and add a handful of organic compost.
So, stringent care has to be followed for providing sufficient water and maintaining ideal humidity condition. With proper care tips, it will produce heavy blooms in spring.
Mark the weak, diseased, and dead branches, and then prune them with sharp shears. Also, remove branches randomly to avoid overcrowding effect.
Fertilizing the plant with an appropriate fertilizer should be done in early spring before flower buds develop. This will enhance the production of flowers. Also, consider supplying a low dose of fertilizer, after the flowering season is over, to prepare your plant for the next bloom cycle.
The advantage of this flowering plant over other lilac cultivars is its resistance to powdery mildew and other diseases. Being less tolerant to dry soil, its leaves dropping is exhibited when exposed to prolonged dry spells. If you notice signs of wilting leaves, it is an indication that your bush requires more water.
As far as growth rate is concerned, it is a slow growing shrub, with an average height increase to about 1 - 2 feet per year. Its young flower buds are darker in color, and become pale pinkish lavender after opening. Remember that this dwarf lilac tree cannot withstand very hot and dry condition for an extended period, specially in its early growth stages .