Rose of Sharon –
Vigorous and summer-blooming, Rose-of-Sharon is a large, deciduous shrub that originates from Asia. It has an upright, bushy habit and a tendency to spread and seed itself in, if given the opportunity. Throughout the growing season it has lustrous, lobed, palm-shaped leaves of medium green. From mid to late summer it produces medium to large, open, funnel-shaped blooms that have a papery appearance. These may be white, lavender, red, pink or purple, depending on the cultivar. Double and semi-double selections are available.
Rose-of-Sharon grows best in full to partial sun and fertile loam with even moisture and good drainage. It is easy to grow and well-suited as an informal hedge or screen. More select cultivars, like the seedless, white-flowered ‘Diana’, make nice additions to mixed shrub borders or may be planted as landscape specimens.
Winchester Gardens generally stocks this item.
Rose of Sharon
White, Red, Purple, Pink, Rose, Lavender, Violet
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.