Rose of Sharon White
- Type: Perennial
- Family: Malvaceae
- Zone: 5 – 8
- Height: 8 – 12 Feet
- Spread: 6 – 10 Feet
- Bloom Time: June – October
- Bloom: White with Pink Eyes
- Sun: Full Sun – Part Shade
- Water: Medium
- Maintenance: Low
- Suggested Use: Hedge, Naturalize
- Flower: Showy
- Attracts: Birds, Butterflies
- Tolerate: Deer, Drought, Clay Soil, Black Walnut
Rose of Sharon White is easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Best flowering occurs in full sun. Prefers moist, organically rich soils, but tolerates poor soils and some drought. Very tolerant of summer heat and humidity. Generally tolerant of urban conditions. Prune to shape in spring. Pruning back to 2-3 buds in late winter may produce larger blooms. Easily propagated by stem cuttings. May be grown from seed, but seedlings may not have the exact same flower color as the parent. Species plants can self-seed aggressively in optimum growing conditions.
Hibiscus syriacus, commonly called Rose of Sharon or shrub althea, is a vigorous, upright, vase-shaped, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub that typically grows 8’-12’ tall. It may be trained as a small tree or espalier. Showy, hollyhock-like, 5-petaled flowers (to 3” diameter) appear over a long, early-summer to fall bloom period. Each flower has a prominent and showy center staminal column. Palmately-veined, coarsely-toothed, three-lobed, medium green leaves (to 4” long) are attractive during the growing season but produce no fall color.
No serious insect or disease problems. Some susceptibility to leaf spots, blights, rusts and canker. Japanese beetles, whiteflies and aphids are occasional insect visitors. Japanese beetles can severely damage foliage if left unchecked.
Excellent flowering shrub that may be massed, planted in groups or used as a specimen. Good for foundations and shrub borders. Also can be effective as a hedge or screen.
Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder