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Hibiscus syriacus 'Blue Bird' has some common insect problems:
Japanese Beetle

Hibiscus syriacus 'Blue Bird'

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
hi-BIS-kus seer-ee-AY-kus
Description

Rose of Sharon is easily grown in average soil and flowers best in full sun. It is very tolerant of summer heat and humidity. It is multi-stemmed with a vase shape and has a long bloom period from summer into fall. It tolerates wet sites and self-seeds, sometimes aggressively.

 

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Hibiscus
    Species:
    syriacus
    Family:
    Malvaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Wildlife Value:
    Members of the genus Hibiscus support the following specialized bee: Ptilothrix bombiformis. This plant is mildly resistant to damage by deer.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 8 ft. 0 in. - 12 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 6 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Multi-stemmed
    Vase
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil Drainage:
    Occasionally Wet
    NC Region:
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Margin:
    Dentate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves have three lobes
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Design Feature:
    Hedge
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Specialized Bees
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Heat
    Wet Soil