- Common Name(s):
- Rose of Sharon, Shrub althea
- 'Blue Bird', 'Blushing Bride' , 'Collie Mullens', 'Diana' - white, 'Freedom', 'Helene' - white/purple, 'Lavender Chiffon', 'Minerva' - lavender, 'Pink Giant', 'Purpureus Variegatus', 'Red Heart', 'White Chiffon' , 'Aphrodite' - rose, Peppermint Smoothie, Strawberry Smoothie
- Shrubs, Trees
Drought, wet soil, and air pollution tolerant; late to leaf out in spring; prefers hot weather; spring pruning will increase flower size; flowers on new growth; moderate to rapid growth rate. This plant is moderately salt tolerant.
Wildlife Value: Attractive to hummingbirds. Members of the genus Hibiscus support the following specialized bee: Ptilothrix bombiformis.This plant is mildly resistant to damage by deer.
Play Value: Wildlife Enhancement
Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Rose of Sharon has been reported to be invasive in some states, including Virginia and Kentucky
- 8-12 ft.
- Alternate, simple medium to dark green leaves; 2 to 4 in. long; coarsely toothed; modest yellow fall color
- 2 to 4 in. flowers with crepe-like petals; red, white, violet, purple, two-toned; single or double; last for one day
- Sun to partial shade; prefers moist, well-drained soil but tolerates wet soil
- Erect small tree or shrub; numerous upright branches
- 6-10 ft.
NCCES plant id: 1573