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Hibiscus syriacus

Common Name(s):
Rose of Sharon, Shrub althea
Cultivar(s):
'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
Categories:
Shrubs, Trees
Comment:

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.

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.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Rose of Sharon has been reported to be invasive in some states, including Virginia and Kentucky

Height:
8-12 ft.
Foliage:
Alternate, simple medium to dark green leaves; 2 to 4 in. long; coarsely toothed; modest yellow fall color
Flower:
2 to 4 in. flowers with crepe-like petals; red, white, violet, purple, two-toned; single or double; last for one day
Zones:
5 to 8
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun to partial shade; prefers moist, well-drained soil but tolerates wet soil
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Erect small tree or shrub; numerous upright branches
Width:
6-10 ft.
Tags:
hot weather, air pollution, NCEMGVA2018, wet sites, deciduous, weedy, drought tolerant, bees, nectar, pollinator, specialized bees, hummingbirds, wildlife, wet soil, small tree, wet, deer resistant, rapid growth

NCCES plant id: 1573

Hibiscus syriacus Form
Jim, the Photographer, CC BY - 2.0
Hibiscus syriacus Flower
F. D. Richards, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Hibiscus syriacus Flower
Chapstickaddict, CC BY-NC-2.0
Hibiscus syriacus Flower close up
PATARIKA, CC BY-NC-2.0
Hibiscus syriacus Seed capsule
Gwendolyn-Stansbury, CC BY-NC-SA - 4.0
Hibiscus syriacus Seeds
Gwendolyn-Stansbury, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0