Rose Of Sharon:  What's in a Name, Anyway

By Sharon
August 30, 2015

A rose is a rose unless it's a Rose of Sharon, and then it's a hibiscus. Some say it's the name of a crocus and others swear it's the name of a tulip and then there's some confusion with the lily of the valley. Poor plant, most likely it lives in a state of constant identity crisis, never knowing on which side of the garden it should grow.

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Aug 29, 2015 8:08 PM CST
Name: Dirt
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My neighbor has a very old, small tree:
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It survives wicked winters, brutal summer droughts, and all manner of neglect in some of the worst rocky clay and manages to bloom all summer!
I can see in the picture it has been pruned at least once.

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Aug 29, 2015 8:32 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Calvert City, KY (Zone 7a)
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Reminds me a little of mine this year. Smiling It got a little bit out of control.

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Works better if you enlarge the image; I am not the great photographer you are and besides, it was nearing dark.
The best thing about it -- it most often has different shades of colors blooming all over, no matter what I don't do for it.
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Aug 29, 2015 8:41 PM CST
Name: Dirt
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I like the different shades!
and I think it works well as a small tree Smiling clearly my neighbor's tree abandoned shrubhood many years ago
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Aug 30, 2015 2:18 AM CST
Name: Vicki
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Great article Sharon and thank you so much! Rose of Sharon is such a favorite for me and I love that it blooms when not much else is. I have almost every color and one double which is so pretty.

They grow all over the property and get quite tall but the ones in the perennial garden I keep trimmed short like a shrub and they bloom fine too.
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Aug 30, 2015 6:25 AM CST
Name: Vickie
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I enjoyed reading the history about the Rose of Sharon. One point you made is that it grows so easily that some consider it invasive. I am one of those people! I have a love-hate relationship with it.

Right now I only have two white Rose of Sharon shrubs, but your article has made me want to get more despite the profusion of seedlings. I think the Rose of Sharon is one of the very few plants blooming on my property in August, so color is kind of blah right now.
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Aug 30, 2015 11:23 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
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I need one of these plants. My climate will give it the ultimate test!
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Aug 30, 2015 11:35 AM CST
Name: Sharon
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My big ROS is really too close to my house, it's the first one I planted here. One summer I had so much trouble with my phone line, so I called the phone company and they sent a worker to check the outside line where it enters my home. The rest of it is underground with the rest of the utilities so they checked the visible connection first. And there it was, happy as could be, a ROS seedling was pulling the line away from the connector box, just getting thicker every day. It was behind the tree, the box was, so I didn't notice it. It immediately got a good pruning on its backside.

Mary, I'll bet it would grow for you. In fact on your massive stretch of land, it probably will grow and spread and grow and spread and before you know it you'll have a windbreak!! We might have to try that real soon.
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