An ideal focal point planting! This exceptional cultivar provides at least three months of spectacular color. The branches are covered from midsummer to frost in 3-5" azure-blue flowers with red-purple throats. Easy-to-care-for shrub reaches a height of 6-8' tall with a similar spread. Plant 5-8' apart in full sun to partial shade. Ships in a 4" pot. Zones 4-9. Hibiscus syriacus 'Blue Bird' Deer tend to avoid.
Botanical Name: Hibiscus syriacus 'Blue Bird'
Common Name: Shrubby Althea, Rose of Sharon
Form: Large, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub
Root System: Fibrous
Sun Exposure: Partial Shade/Full Sun
Height/Habit: 6 - 8'
Spread: 4 - 6'
Spacing: 5 - 8'
Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9
Flowering Date: Midsummer to frost.
Duration: All summer into fall.
Type of Fruit: n/a
Cut Flowers: No
Dried Flowers: No
Shipping Season: both Spring & Fall
Unique Characterstics: Incredibly beautiful and intensely-colored flowers open to huge saucers, which are produced non-stop for months. An extremely long flowering time. Very easy to grow and care for and tolerant of a wide range of conditions. Forms an open fan-shaped bush or can be espaliered. This is a vigorous easily cared for shrub that will be the centerpiece of a garden.
Flower Color: Azure Blue with a Red-Purple throat.
Flower Form: Open, saucer-shaped flowers, 3 - 5" across, have overlapping petals.
Foliage Type: Strong green, maple-like, deeply toothed along margins. Foliage appears in mid spring.
Resistance: Good to all P & D problems
Pruning: Prune to shape or rejuvenate an old plant. Remove dead or broken branches.
Pruning Time: Early spring to midsummer.
Soil Requirement: Well-drained soil. Very tolerant of a wide range of soils.
Additional Information: Does best in full sun. Will tolerate light shade but will not flower as well.
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i bought three from springhill. i was used to buying the rose of sharon bushes from local stores. so i was a bit shocked when i got this little stick in the mail. however, since no one at the time was selling the blue rose of sharon, i had to order online. Yhea! for springhill! their sticks did really well and grew faster than the larger bushes i had bought at the local stores. i have lilac, pink, red, white, doubles and singles etc. but of course the blue rose of sharon always takes center stage. wow! it's basically red, white and blue and the blue is vivid and gorgeous. the red is vibrant and really red and not dark nor dull. my sticks are now hitting six feet and i got them about five or six years ago. one i noticed had a crack in the stick along the trunk so i called springhill and complained, figuring i would have to mail it back and fight with them, however....I was really surprised! the lady on the phone was so nice, sympathetic and said, she would mail me out a new one to replace that one. i nearly fell over. i decided then and there to keep on ordering from springhill, and have not been unhappy. my mother ordered stuff from another company and had to fight for about two years for her refund! and she had to mail the plants back, take photos and document everything. what a nightmare, but, NOT with springhill they have been wonderful. i strongly recommend to buy from springhill and get this bush. the black capped chicadees, and finches love to eat the seeds from the pods in the middle of winter (i'm zone 5);attract butterflies, hummingbirds and hummingbird moths. the rose of sharon bushes, keep a columnar feel and are shapely and not spread all over. they grow upwards and fill out but don't take up so much width, especially at the bottom. i planted one in the northeast by the house, one in the west sun only, really harsh environment, and one in the west but has some shade. all are doing terrific. all bloom profusely and i have taken some spectacular photos of the flowers. they bloom in the later summer when other bushes are not, and they leaf out much later than other bushes so you can enjoy your tulips and daffodils etc, better under the this bush as opposed to other bushes who might hide the blossoms with their leaves etc. i have terrible soil, heavy clay, so i amend the soil with peat moss, one i planted in sand, and added a bit of soil. all three are doing great. i do water the bush in the sand, the others after the first two years i've left alone, other than mulching in the spring. recommendation: to buy one!
I have 2 of these and they are stunning. When I planted them in direct sunlight they did not do well (even with frequent watering). I had to move them twice due to the extreme summer heat in Cincinnati. I moved one so it gets morning sun and the other afternoon sun. After that they both did extremely well. I absolutely adore the blue bird rose of sharon. It may do better in the direct sun after it has been established for a few years. But I plan to keep them where they are.
"I've had mine for ~ 3 years. Beautiful plant; however, the blooms on mine did not stay blue. They're now a deep pink. Still very pretty, but I sure wish they were blue. Any suggestions?"
im actually using this as a platform to ask if it there is a wish list area for this blue bird rose of sharon.id really like to buy one when its available....its absolutely breathtaking!...i would imagine its very easy to cultivate as any of the rose of sharons are...beauteful flowers would be great w/white ...so cool looking on a hot day....john.