Fall in love with the large 4-5" flowers with prominent dark red eyes—you'll have plenty of time, they bloom generously for up to four months or more, from midsummer to frost. The dark green, heavily textured foliage remains a lustrous green well into fall. Growing 6-8' tall with a similar spread, it can be grown alone or set into a border for a screen or hedge. It's very tolerant of a wide range of soils. This variety is noted for its compact growth habit, ease of culture and reliability throughout multiple climates. It'll take cold northern winters and searing southern summers in stride. Deer tend to avoid. Hibiscus syriacus 'Aphrodite'
Hibiscus syriacus, also known as Rose of Sharon, is handy if you love the look of tropical flowers, but need something more reliable in a cold climate. Rose of Sharon is woody, and these hard stems won't die back in the winter, standing up to cold weather better. It's gorgeous architectural interest for a more formal landscape.
Planting InstructionsPlant firmly at the same depth as the plant is set in the pot. Water thoroughly. Thrives in the heat.
Winter CareNone, except to mulch the first winter in areas with colder climates. Remove early the following spring before growth starts.
Flower FormLarge, ruffled, single open bells
Foliage TypeStrong green, maple-like, deeply tooted along margins. Late leafing in spring.
Soil RequirementWell drained soil, very tolerant of a wide range of soils, especially sandy, infertile ones
PruningPrune to keep desired form or to retain its spherical shape at anytime between February and mid July.
Additional InformationRemarkable frost and pollution tolerance. An all-around winner of great beauty. Fantastic for screening or hedging and works just as well in borders or as a standalone specimen plant.
Height/Habit36 - 48 inches
Growth RateFast once established, which takes approximately 4-6 weeks