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The 'Miss Kim' lilac is a deciduous flowering shrub that produces clusters of very fragrant, lavender-purple panicle-shaped blooms in spring. It has smaller blooms, a shorter mature height, and a different flower fragrance from the traditional common or French lilac (Syringa vulgaris), and unlike the common lilac, it is quite resistant to powdery mildew. Because 'Miss Kim' is a late bloomer, its flower buds are less likely to be damaged by frost. The 'Miss Kim' cultivar is sometimes considered a dwarf plant when compared to other lilacs, but compact would be a better description. This is still a full-sized shrub, but one that is denser and less leggy than common lilacs. A newly planted 'Miss Kim' will also produce blooms sooner than does a common lilac.
This lilac is usually planted as a potted nursery specimen in spring or fall. 'Miss Kim' is a fairly slow-growing shrub that will take three years or more to achieve a mature height of about 5 feet.
Prefers full sun