Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus Syriacus)
Rose of Sharon thrives in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 4-9.
Bloom Season and Colors
An eye-catching shrub, Rose of Sharon blooms from June through October and produces medium-sized 4-5 lobed trumpet-shaped flowers in various colors.
This decorative plant puts on vibrant displays of whitish-pink flowers with reddish-pink centers, variegated shades of light pink to magenta flowers with dark reddish-purple centers, and variegated purplish-pink flowers with bluish-red centers.
The flowers unfurl as the sun rises, flare open throughout the day, and each evening around sunset, the days blooms die off and fall away. The Rose of Sharon produces so many buds that it can replace each day's flowers anew.
Height at Maturity
Rose of Sharon grows to heights of 3-4 meters (approximately 8-12 feet) with a spread of 2-3 meters (about 6-10 feet).
Preferred Soil Type
It is a hardy shrub that prefers a well-drained blend of sand, clay, and loam and is known to be tolerant of poor quality soil, drought, heat, and humidity.
Preferred Lighting Conditions
Hibiscus Syriacus produces the best blooms and thickest foliage under full sunlight but still thrives with partial shade.
Rose of Sharon is the common name for Hibiscus Syriacus, a flowering deciduous shrub that is prolific along most of the East Coast and into the Mid-West portion of the United States.
The size, bloom density, and colors make this a perfect natural fencing option, especially when pruned as a hedge. When planted as an accent to wildlife or pollinator-friendly gardens, the Rose of Sharon provides food and resources for a wide variety of bees, birds, butterflies, and small mammals.
Hibiscus Syriacus is a very hardy and prolific plant that spreads vigorously once established but will tolerate soil and environmental conditions that fail to support other varieties of plants. Consider propagating this plant in areas of your garden that need a robust and beautiful filler.