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Rose of sharon

Hibiscus syriacus

Rose of sharon is part of the Hibiscus genus and its scientific name is Hibiscus syriacus.

Showy flowers over a long bloom period.1 Cultivars can be single or double flowered and in more colors then species including: white, pink, mauve, red and even blue.

The flowers of hibiscus syriacus are edible.

Erect deciduous shrub that flowers in late summer to fall when few other shrubs are in bloom. Flowers are produced on new wood.

The blooms display an average of 5 petals. A type of flowering edible ornamental / flower, it mainly grows as a perennial plant - which means it typically grows best over a long period (from 3 years+). Normally reaching to a mature height of 6.95 feet (2.14 metres). Expect blooming to occur in early summer.

South Korea is believed to be where Rose of sharon originates from.

Typically, Rose of sharon is normally fairly low maintenance and can thus be quite easy to grow - only a basic level of care is required throughout the year to ensure it thrives. Being aware of the basic growing conditions this plant likes (soil, sun and water) will result in a strong and vibrant plant.

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How to grow Rose of sharon

  • Full Sun

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  • Partial Sun

  • Medium

Easily grown in average, medium-moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Best flowering occurs in full sun. Prefers moist, organically rich soils, but tolerates poor soils and some drought. Very tolerant of summer heat and humidity. Generally tolerant of urban conditions.

Prune in early spring in order to shape and reduce size. Pruning the shrub back to 2 to 3 buds per branch in spring encourages larger flowers.2

Rose of sharon likes a position of full sun / partial sun and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 5 - Zone 7 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Keep in mind when planting that Rose of sharon is thought of as hardy, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures.

See our list of companion Plants for Rose of sharon to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Rose of sharon from seed

Ensure a seed sowing distance of 7.92 feet (2.44 metres).

Transplanting Rose of sharon

Grows 7’-10’ and almost as wide. It may be trained as a small tree or espalier. Showy, hollyhock-like, 5-petaled flowers (up to 3” diameter) appear over a long, early-summer to fall bloom period. Hardy to zone 5.

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Rose of sharon is a hardy plant.

Common Rose of sharon problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Rose of sharon plants:

Japanese Beatles.1

Rose of sharon Etymology

When it was named it was thought to be native of Syria.1

Rose of sharon Folklore & Trivia

The national flower of South Korea1, it’s even mentioned in their national anthem.

It is not actually from “South Korea” but has existed in Korea for longer than anyone knows. It is considered native to most of Asia.

Other names for Rose of sharon


Hibiscus syriacus L.

Misspellings: Hybiscus Syriacus, Rose of Sharron

Latest Rose of sharon Reviews

  • 19 Jan 2013

    GreenGuy GreenGuy's Rose of sharon- Mostly Dead was Reviewed day 6940

    Sickly due to being grown in too warm a Zone. Not adapted for Zone 9, came with the house. I do wonder what they were thinking planting this. It really needs to be in Zone 7 at the most!

    0 stars

  • 03 Oct 2012

    Cremmy18 Cremmy18's "Rose of Sharon" Stem Cuttings was Reviewed day 12

    My ROS stem cuttings have seemed to have ceased being mold covered, after removal of the plastic I had draped over them. The actual sprouts, are doing excellent.

    3 stars

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1 Missouri Botanical Garden

2 garden.org/plantguide

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