Rose of Sharon - Knowledgebase Question

Spring Hill, Ka
Question by beertender10
May 13, 2010
I have a Rose of Sharon that is about 10ft tall. Last year the center started dying off and this year there are very few buds and leaves. My question is: If I prune it back will that allow the shrub to regenerate? If so how far back should I prune and when is the best time to do so?

Answer from NGA
May 13, 2010


In cold winter areas Rose of Sharon dies down to ground level each winter and resprouts each spring. With this in mind, you can prune your plant all the way down and expect it to resprout. Pruning even part way down and pruning out the dead center stems will help renew your plant so go ahead and prune it back - as much or as little as you'd like. It will respond with healthy new growth.

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