Rose of Sharon

(Hibiscus syriacus)
Zones: 5-8 (click for map)
Althea-Rose of Sharon in flower midsummer
Althea-Rose of Sharon in flower midsummer

Rose of Sharon is a quick growing shrub that flowers from mid-summer to mid-fall. It makes a very showy screen that grows to 10 ft. tall and 5 ft. wide in full sun. It grows well in a wide range of soils except for the very wet or very dry soils. Prune Rose of Sharon back in very early spring to encourage the best flowering. Winter dieback can happen at temperatures of 20 degrees below zero. Rose of Sharon is also called Hardy Hibiscus and has flowers in red, pink and purple. Plant 3-4 ft. apart for colorful screen.

Rose of Sharon Close Up
Rose of Sharon Close Up