Delivers stylish, contemporary flower forms and colors late in the season, right when the garden could use a little pick-me-up. These plants are trained to act as compact trees, decorated with fully double, ruffled flowers that look like bunched tissue paper. These carefree varieties make unique specimen plantings. They can be potted to frame an entrance, or planted in hedgerow that'll keep an easy-going, tropical touch in your garden for years to come. They grow up to 8' tall, but can be pruned to shorter heights, as well. Hibiscus prefer full sun to partial shade and can easily adapt to almost any type of soil. Thanks to modern breeding efforts, the blooms are sterile and unlike older varieties, you won't have to clean up messy seed pods in the fall. Tropical flair, terrifically tough—give them a try.
Hibiscus syriacus, also known as Rose of Sharon, is handy if you love the look of tropical flowers, but need something more reliable in a cold climate. Rose of Sharon is woody, and these hard stems won't die back in the winter, standing up to cold weather better. The other big reason gardeners love syriacus is when they want a hibiscus tree. It naturally grows into a vase shape, but the woody stems can be manipulated into a nice tree shape. It's gorgeous architectural interest for a more formal landscape.
Sun Exposure:Full Sun, Partial Shade
Height/Habit:6 - 8 feet
Spread:4 - 6 feet
Spacing:5 - 8 feet
Flowering Date:Mid-summer to frost
Planting Instructions:Set at the same level it is growing at in the container. Firm soil well and water thoroughly.
Winter Care:Mulch first winter in northern areas. Avoid areas with excessive soil moisture.
Growth Rate:Fast once established, which takes approximately 4 - 6 weeks.