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Althea, ‘Rose of Sharon’

Add a touch of the tropics to your landscape with this cold-hardy hibiscus!  Rose of Sharon is a deciduous bush with lovely double, pastel pink blooms. These gorgeous blossoms are typically 3-5” in diameter and appear in late summer to fall when few other shrubs are in bloom.  Rose of Sharon makes an excellent addition to the landscape as a screen, shrub border, or use in mass plantings.  When choosing a location for your Rose of Sharon, be sure to give it plenty of room to grow, as it looks best when growing to its natural size.  Beginning more upright and compact, this delightful shrub will spread to a vase shape as it ages.  This low maintenance shrub is an excellent choice for busy homeowners as it tolerates a variety of well-drained soils and drought.

  • Fill your yard with season-long color
  • Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies!
  • Low maintenance

* This deciduous shrub is rugged and maintenance free.  It will do well in poor soil, extreme heat, and drought.  An Althea bush blooms on new wood so prune it each year before new growth begins in the late winter or early spring.  This will keep the shrub tidy and encourage blossoms.

Plant Details +

Botanical Hibiscus syriacus
Common Name Shrub Althea (Rose-of-Sharon)
Family Malvaceae
Size 12-18"
Height 10-12'
Spacing 6-7'
Hardiness Zones 5-9
Exposure Full sun
Foliage Rich Green
Flower 3-5" light pink
Bloomtime Late Summer-Fall

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: Easily grown in average, well-drained soil. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly.