- Rose of Sharon Shrubs
- How to Winterize Rose of Sharon
- Tree & Plant Care
- Disease, pests, and problems
- Disease, pest, and problem resistance
- Native geographic location and habitat
- Attracts birds & butterflies
- Bark color and texture
- Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
- Flower arrangement, shape, and size
- Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
- Cultivars and their differences
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Rose of Sharon Shrubs
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Rose of Sharon shrubs performs at their best as full sun plants and planted in well drained soil. These flowering shrubs provide long lasting blooms from mid summer to frost. For summer blooming, plant a Rose of Sharon hedge. Though they will grow in partially sunny to lightly shaded areas, their blooming may be limited. Hibiscus syriacus shrubs is a deciduous shrub also known as Hardy Hibiscus and Althea.
Although Rose of Sharon bushes will lose their leaves in winter, they still make beautiful flowering privacy hedges in areas for summer use such as planting around swimming pools. Their unusually large blooms attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. As these hibiscus bloom longer than other flowering shrubs, they are later to leaf out. Expect them to leaf out in late spring to early summer.
Looking for seedless rose of sharon shrubs, try our Diana Rose of Sharon and the Azurri Blue Satin Rose of Sharon.
Read our Tips for Growing Rose of Sharon Hedge.
Pictured here are the Lil Kim Rose of Sharon Proven Winners.
How to Winterize Rose of Sharon
Rose of Sharon is not a rose at all. It is a member of the Hibiscus family, and it looks just as tropical as its cousins. With large delicate flowers sprouting all over it in the summer, it is a lovely plant. Some varieties are even hardy through zones 4 to 9 although most can only stand the winter in zone 5. While warmer climates need not worry, zones 4 to 6 should winterize Rose of Sharon to give it proper winter protection.
Water Rose of Sharon normally throughout the fall. Water it at least once a week for 5 minutes a watering if the weather is dry. Rose of Sharon needs the water to get through the winter.
Deadhead any remaining flowers at the base of the Rose of Sharon. As the weather cools, the leaves of Rose of Sharon will turn yellow and drop. This is normal. Remove the leaves from the plant if you wish. You can also allow them to fall naturally.
Stop watering Rose of Sharon when the ground freezes in the winter. You need not water Rose of Sharon again until the ground thaws.
Mulch around the base of the Rose of Sharon. Place leaves, straw or pine needle mulch all around the base of the Rose of Sharon to a height of 2 to 3 feet and with a diameter of about 4 feet. Mulch after the ground has frozen.
Cover your Rose of Sharon in a burlap sack or a clear plastic bag once the weather drops below freezing. The clear plastic bag will offer more wind protection. Leave the bag or sack over the Rose of Sharon until the weather warms to at least 50 degrees Fahrenheit and there is no wind.
Tree & Plant Care
A shrub with many cultivars resulting in a wide variety of heights and flower colors.
Grows in most soil conditions except extrememly wet, but prefers one with plenty of organic matter.
Best in moist, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade.
Prune back heavily in spring to promote best summer flowers.
One of the last shrubs to leaf out in the spring.
Disease, pests, and problems
Leaf spots, stem cankers, rust, flower blights.
Disease, pest, and problem resistance
Tolerant of salt and black walnut toxicity.
Native geographic location and habitat
Attracts birds & butterflies
Butterflies and hummingbird appear at the flowers.
Bark color and texture
Gray to tan, rounded stems.
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Alternate, palmately veined, three-lobed, medium green leaves up to 4” long.
Late to leaf out in the spring.
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Showy, 5-petaled flowers up to 3 inches in diameter appear on new seasons growth in early-summer and bloom into late fall.
Each hollyhock-like flower has a prominent and showy center column of stamens.
Flowers can be single or double in several shades of red, pink, rose, violet-blue, white and red-violet.
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
A dehiscent capsule, turning brown and persistent through winter.
Seed capsules can be removed after flowering to prevent reseeding.
Cultivars and their differences
Blue Satin™ (Hibiscus syriacus ‘Matilde’): Single pink flower with a soft blush and red eye
Bali Rose (Hibiscus syriacus ‘Minifren’): Semi-double white flower with purple-red center, 6 to 8 feet high
Helene (Hibiscus syriacus ‘Helene’): Single white flower with reddish-purple blush in center, 8 to 10 feet high
Lavender Chiffon (Hibiscus syriacus ‘Notwoodone’): Single lavender flower with lacy center, 8 to 10 feet high
Tahiti (Hibiscus syriacus ‘Mineru’): Semi-double pink flower with red center, 6 to 8 feet high