Botanical Name: Syringa patula
Common Name: Korean Lilac  
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Water Saving Tip:

Apply a layer of mulch around plants to reduce moisture loss.

Choose organic mulches, such as shredded bark, compost or aged sawdust.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color

Lavender, Pink


Flower Season



Leaf Color



Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Medium, Extra in Summer


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Poor, Well-drained


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Japanese, Mediterranean, Ranch


Accenting Features

Fall Color, Fragrance, Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Shrub Border, Foundation, Walls / Fences


Special Uses

Cut Flowers, Hedge, Screen, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife

Hummingbirds, Butterflies

Information by: Stephanie Duer
  • Description

  • Notes

Korean lilacs tend to be more bushy and dense when compared to common or french lilacs. They have an upright, rounded habit, and grow to about 6 to 9 feet tall and wide, depending on the cultivar. Generally, the leaves are small compared to other lilacs and more rounded. Flowers appear in clusters or racemes, but more open than in other lilacs; flowers are generally fragrant. A common cultivar is 'Miss Kim' which grows from 4 to 7 feet tall and wide, with fragrant lavender flowers in May and its dark green leaves turn burgundy in the fall. A nice addition to the shrub or foundation border, or as a hedge or screen; attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.
Grow in any well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates light shade, but best bloom is in full sun. Prefers rich, moist, somewhat neutral soils. Needs good air circulation (to prevent powdery mildew). Prompt removal of faded flower panicles before seed set will increase bloom in the following year; so prune immediately after flowering - tucking the cut stems into vases of water to enjoy inside, maybe.