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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, Peppermint Smoothie, Strawberry Smoothie
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.  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

Seed: Capsule

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, bees, play, nectar, pollinator, hummingbirds, salt tolerant, deer resistant, deciduous, small tree, wildlife, children’s garden, rapid growth, tsc, weedy, specialized bees, wet, playground, wet soil, drought tolerant

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