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Hibiscus - Althea (Rose of Sharon)

Hibiscus - Althea (Rose of Sharon)
Hibiscus - Althea (Rose of Sharon) Hibiscus - Althea (Rose of Sharon) Hibiscus - Althea (Rose of Sharon) Hibiscus - Althea (Rose of Sharon)
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Plant Profile
Botanical Name Hibiscus syriacus
Features Althea or Rose of Sharon, a type of hibiscus, is a multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub or small tree with leathery, serrated leaves boasting a dependable bloom show in summer. It’s a very rugged, maintenance-free plant that endures poor soil, extreme heat and drought. Blooms 3”-5” in diameter occur in an array of typically pastel to Victorian colors and are single or double, depending on the selection.
Exposure Full sun
Hardiness Zone USDA Zones 5-9
Mature Size 10’ Tall, 6’ Wide
Genus Description Hibiscus is a genus of more than 200 species of deciduous and evergreen shrubs, trees, annuals, and herbaceous perennials, widely distributed in warm-temperate, subtropical, and tropical regions, where they occur in a variety of habitats, including stream sides, moist woodland, and dry, rocky sites. They have alternate, entire or shallowly to palmately lobed, sometimes toothed leaves, and are grown for their showy, mainly funnel- shaped, solitary or clustered flowers, borne over a long period from spring to autumn. The flowers are red, pink, purple, blue, yellow, or white, and sometimes have contrasting marks at the bases of the petals, and prominent, colorful stamens. The syriacus specie (Althea or Rose of Sharon) is an erect, deciduous shrub with ovate to diamond­ shaped, shallowly to palmately 3-lobed, coarsely toothed, dark green leaves, to 4in long. Large, trumpet shaped, dark pink flowers, to 2½ in across, with dark red centers and yellow-anthered white stamens, are produced singly or in pairs from the leaf axils, from late summer to mid autumnts
Care Tips
Cultivation Under glass, grow in soilless or soil-based potting mix in bright filtered light. Provide moderate humidity and good ventilation. In the growing season, water freely and apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly; water sparingly in winter. Outdoors, grow in humus-rich, moist but well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soil in full sun. Hibiscus need long, hot summers to flower well. Many will regenerate from the woody base if cut back by cold. Little or no pruning is usually necessary. If pruning is necessary, remove wayward or crossing shoots to maintain permanent, healthy framework. Prune in late winter or early spring, when dormant; some in late summer or early autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.
Pests and Diseases Prone to rust, fungal leaf spots, bacterial blight, Verticillium wilt, viruses, and stem and root rots. Whiteflies, aphids, mealybugs, scale insects, mites, Japanese beetles, and caterpillars can be problems.

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