•Scientific name: Hibiscus syriacus
•Growth habit: An upright deciduous shrub with numerous branches growing to 10 feet tall and half as wide. The leaves are dark green, coarsely toothed, wedge shaped, often with three lobes and grow to 4 inches long and wide.
•Light: Plant in full sun for best growth and flowering.
•Water needs: Prefers a moist soil. Water weekly for best growth.
•Feedings: Apply a general landscape fertilizer in March, June and August. Slow-release fertilizers may be substituted following label instructions.
•Propagation: Start new plants from cuttings.
•Major problems: Can be affected by nematodes, mites and scale insects.
•Pruning: Control growth and reshape in February before new growth begins. Remove out of bounds shoots as needed.
•Uses: A favorite shrub of northern landscapes, gardeners often like to add to their plantings. Rose of Sharon is not as vigorous under local conditions, often producing small shrubs with fewer flowers than expected. Blossoms are bell shaped opening white, lavender, pink or rose May through September. The shrubs are best used as accents near patios, entrances and along walkways.
•Florida native: No; native to China and India.
Plant profile: Rose of Sharon
Rose of Sharon (Joani MacCubbin, Special to the Sentinel / June 19, 2011)