Rose of Sharon
Rose of Sharon is a deciduous flowering shrub and is botanically known as Hibiscus syriacus
and is also known as hardy hibiscus.
One of the best features about Rose of Sharon bushes and trees is their large trumpet-shaped flowers which have beautifully distinct colors such as vibrant blue, red, pink, white, and purple. The Rose-of-Sharon is valued for its large summer flowers produced at a time when few other plants bloom. Rose of sharon is a very beautiful shrub that does not take much care and they will do well in average soils but prefers full sun and well drained, moist soils. It's tolerance of aerosol salt and occasional wet or drought periods make this a fine shrub for many landscapes. It is suited to formal or informal plantings, groupings, shrub borders, hedges and screens. Rose-of-Sharon keeps its tight upright form as it grows and requires little pruning. Most of these bushes also grow from 8 to 12 feet tall and roughly three to six feet wide though some varieties have a more columnar shape. Space your your plants according to their mature width.
Rose-of-Sharon can be expected to grow well in zones 5-9
Rose of sharon blooms in late summer and into the fall. They bloom profusely making this shrub one of the most attractive of late summer flowering plants. Also this shrub is a heat lover and can easily tolerate high summer heat. As these hibiscus bloom longer than other flowering shrubs, they are later to leaf out. Expect them to leaf out in late spring so do not be alarmed if all the other plants are leafed out and the hibiscus is not.
Rose of Sharon is a multi-stemmed shrub but they can be pruned to grow as a tree like plant with a single main trunk. Pruning should begin in the first or second year of growth to create a single trunked rose of sharon. Prune the rose of sharon in late winter. Light or no pruning will allow the rose of sharon shrubs to bloom profusely with smaller flowers. Heavy pruning will create larger but less flowers.
Rose of Sharon performs at their best as full sun plants and planted in well drained soil. These flowering shrubs provide long lasting blooms from mid summer to frost. Though they will grow in partially sunny to lightly shaded areas, their blooming may be limited.
Although Rose of Sharon bushes will lose their leaves in winter, they still make beautiful flowering privacy hedges in areas for summer use such as planting around swimming pools. Their unusually large blooms attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees.
Growing a Rose of Sharon hedge in Your Garden is an excellent way of creating a private garden area during the summer season. Compared to other flowering shrubs, they are low maintenance.Rose of Sharon plants show good pollution tolerance which makes them a great candidate for urban gardens.
Directions for growing Rose of Sharon hedges in your garden:
Pick Your Planting Site – Rose of Sharon grows in full sun areas. They also grow well in a part sun or part shade areas though blooming may be limited.
Prepare the Planting Site – You can do this through digging the hole approximately 4 to 6 inches deeper than the root system and about a foot wide. If you have clay soil, mix into the fill dirt aged compost or aged manure mix and some coarse sand for drainage.
Put the Rose of Sharon Shrubs in the Planting Hole – Do this step carefully, fill holes and water. You may need to add more soil around the plant and water it again if it settles too deeply.
Fertilizers – Fertilize can be applied in spring after the plant begins to leaf out. A balanced timed release is best. If using aged compost and aged manure mixes as mulch regularly, there should be no need for a fertilizer application.
The benefits of receiving bare-root trees
Our trees are delivered with natural bare roots which have been properly hydrated just prior to shipment to keep the roots moist and healthy. As their abundant, fibrous roots aren't confined by a container, bare-root trees get off to a more vigorous start compared to containerized roots which typically need more time to adjust to transplanting. Bare-root trees and shrubs typically surpass the size of larger containerized trees and shrubs in only a few years.