Rose of Sharon –
Vigorous and summer-blooming, Rose-of-Sharon is a large, deciduous shrub that is native to Asia. It has an upright, bushy, multi-stemmed habit and a tendency to spread and self-seed. Throughout the growing season it has lustrous, lobed, palm-shaped leaves of medium green arranged alternately on the stems. The cultivar ‘Blushing Bride’ is a vigorous grower and produces many, large, double, funnel-shaped blooms with a papery appearance. The flower color is pale, blushing pink to rich pink. The seed pods are brown and produce viable seed.
Rose-of-Sharon grows best in full to partial sun and fertile loam with even moisture and good drainage. However, it does tolerate some shade, particularly in the warmest climates and has some drought tolerance once established. It is easy to grow and very tolerant of heat and humidity. Blushing Bride is well-suited as an informal hedge or screen, makes a nice addition to mixed shrub borders or may be planted as a landscape specimen.
Winchester Gardens generally stocks this item.
Rose of Sharon
White, Pink, Light Pink
Select a site with full sun to light shade and moist, well-drained soil.
Plant in spring or fall. Space plants 6 to 10 feet apart, depending on the expected mature size of the plant. Dig a hole only as deep as the root ball and 2 to 3 times as wide. If your soil is in very poor condition, amend the soil you’ve removed from the hole with a small amount of compost. Otherwise don’t amend it at all. Carefully remove the plant from the container and set it in the hole. Fill the hole half full with soil, then water it well to settle the soil and eliminate air pockets. Let the water drain, then fill the remainder of hole with soil and water thoroughly.
Apply a layer of compost under the tree each spring, spreading it out to the dripline (the area under the outermost branches). Add a 2-inch layer of mulch to retain moisture and control weeds. Water plants during the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week. Flowers are produced on new wood, so prune in early spring to shape and reduce size. Pruning the shrub back to 2 to 3 buds per branch in spring encourages larger flowers. Remove dead, diseased, and injured branches any time.