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Rose-of-SharonHibiscus syriacus

  • Rose of Sharon - Hibiscus syriacus
  • Rose of Sharon - Hibiscus syriacus
  • Rose of Sharon - Hibiscus syriacus

This hardy hibiscus is an easy-to-grow shrub. It is valued for its tight, upright form and large summer blossoms, adding color to the landscape when few other plants are in bloom. Flowers are trumpet-shaped and come in a variety of colors including white, pink, red, purple and violet.

The rose-of-sharon is suited to formal or informal plantings, groupings, shrub borders, hedges and screens.

Hardiness Zones

The rose-of-sharon can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 5–9. View Map

Tree Type

This is a flowering shrub, typically planted for its profusion of flowers.

Mature Size

The rose-of-sharon grows to a height of 8–12' and a spread of 6–10' at maturity.

Growth Speed Medium Growth Rate

This shrub grows at a medium rate, with height increases of 13–24" per year.

Sun Preference

Full sun and partial shade are best for this shrub, meaning it prefers a minimum of 4 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Soil Preference

The rose-of-sharon grows in acidic, moist and well-drained soils.


This shrub:
  • Is hardy and easy to grow.
  • Produces 5-petaled, trumpet-shaped, single or double flowers that are white, pink, red, purple or violet.
  • Blooms late spring through early fall.
  • Can be pruned to create a single-trunked, small specimen tree.
  • Features medium to dark green leaves, often with a coarsely toothed margin.
  • Grows in a vase shape.
  • Tolerates aerosol salt and occasional wet or drought periods.
  • Requires little pruning.
  • Needs ample moisture and protection from midday/afternoon sun to flower at its best.
  • Can be planted 2–3' apart to create a single row hedge.

Wildlife Value

Butterflies and hummingbirds are attracted to the flowers.


The rose-of-sharon is native to China and India. The name hibiscus is from an ancient Greek name for "mallow," for this plant was thought to resemble the mallow blossom. Many cultivars of this species have been introduced.