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Question: I am originally from NE PA, but moved to FL a few years back. I loves lilacs and Rose of Sharon shrubs, but i am not sure if they will sustain the Florida heat. I had went back to PA to visit family and was able to get some rose of sharon to bring back with me. DO you have any suggestions on planting and if i were to get lilacs would both of these shrubs be okay with the heat?

Answer: Denise,

Lilacs won't be able to take the heat and lack of winter cold in your area. However Rose or Sharon is a possibility although according to its heat data info your area may be just a little too far south. If you want to try plant the Rose of Sharon in an area with morning sun and mid to late day shade. Work a couple of inches of compost into the soil prior to planting. Keep the soil moderately moist. This will give it the best chance of making it. You may want to contact your County Extension Office for suggestions as to which shrubs will do best in your area. They usually have free information on hand for area residents. Their contact info is:

Pinellas County Extension Office, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo, FL 33774
Phone: (727) 582-2100

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