Beautiful 3" wide double bluish-lavender peony-like flowers are borne throughout much of summer on this easy to grow vigorous shrub, which is very tolerant of heat and most growing conditions. Althea or Rose of Sharon is a hardy Hibiscus that naturally develops into a multi-stemmed, vase-shaped deciduous shrub that can be trained into a tree form if desired. Provide an average moist to moderately moist, fertile soil and full sun for optimum growth and flowering.
The Rose of Sharon or Althea is an easily grown deciduous shrub that was a common pass along plant. This durable shrub is tolerant of a wide variety of soil types as long as they are well-drained, is moderately drought tolerant once well established (though it will flower more with adequate moisture), and will provide many years of enjoyment with its procession of summer flowers.
For optimum growth and flowering (like most Hibiscus they flower on new growth) provide average to moderate moisture, not soggy, in full sun with a rich fertile, well-drained soil. For larger flowers, though they may be less in number, a hard late winter or spring pruning will produce vigorous late spring and summer growth with larger showy flowers. Periodic removal of older non productive stems will be can be beneficial to make way for new growth as well.
Grows To: 8'H x 4-5'W
USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 5,6,7,8,9
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Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Soil pH Range: Acidic, Mildly Acidic, Neutral, Mildly Alkaline, Alkaline
Salt Tolerance: Moderate aerosol salt tolerance
Deer Resistance: Sometimes Bothered
Native To / Cultivar Origin: China, India
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Container Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml