Hibiscus forum: My one in a million Rose of Sharon

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Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
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keithp2012
Sep 23, 2016 12:31 PM CST
3 years ago I had many Rose of Sharon seedlings growing and spotted this
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It looked unusual, but I figured I'd keep it to see if it gained color. A few months after planting it looked like this.
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I was amazed at how beautiful it was! Now, 3 years later I have a gorgeous, highly variegated Rose of Sharon, with green,yellow, and white splashed on the leaves. Up until now I've had no blooms, but now have buds ready to open any day!


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As you can see, the bud coloring is also variegated! The more variegated the leaves near it, the more white in the bud!

I can't wait to post photos when they open and of the gorgeous leaf colors! I've not seen anything like this, not even in stores, and it should be fertile and set seed so I'm hoping to get more variegated plants and try and root cuttings of it to give others.
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Name: Dnd
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DogsNDaylilies
Sep 23, 2016 12:40 PM CST
Impressive, Keith!
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Danita
Sep 23, 2016 12:42 PM CST
Oh, this looks fun! Thumbs up
Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
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keithp2012
Sep 24, 2016 11:06 PM CST
It finally bloomed! Petals are double, lavender-pink color with splashes of white on them (hard to see photo taken in full sun). One petal had green on the edge. Blinking
You can see the beautiful variegated foliage. Surely wont find this in stores!









green on petal

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froggardener
Sep 26, 2016 4:59 PM CST
Stunning!!!!
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Name: Karen
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kousa
Sep 26, 2016 5:08 PM CST
Really special and unique. Will you mass market it someday? I sure would love to buy a propagated plant from your special tree.
Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Sep 26, 2016 7:51 PM CST
kousa said:Really special and unique. Will you mass market it someday? I sure would love to buy a propagated plant from your special tree.


Next year I would like to try rooting cuttings from it in hopes of being able to share with others.
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plantmanager
Sep 26, 2016 10:47 PM CST
Good luck with it,Keith. It is really nice!
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bhart90
Oct 10, 2016 7:17 PM CST
I AM SPEECHLESS. God, it's the simple things in life.
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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Oct 11, 2016 3:08 PM CST
bhart90 said:I AM SPEECHLESS. God, it's the simple things in life.


It stands out so much next to its plain green counterparts, it's like a Peacock of the flower world!
Name: Mary
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Pistil
Oct 11, 2016 3:57 PM CST
Keith have you thought about patenting it? Selling the rights to a Plant propagating company like Monrovia or someone?
Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Oct 11, 2016 9:02 PM CST
Pistil said:Keith have you thought about patenting it? Selling the rights to a Plant propagating company like Monrovia or someone?


I thought it's hard to get that done and that it takes years to test if the plant is healthy enough to sell? I would like to have it sold and if it could earn me some money that would be nice too!
Name: Rj
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crawgarden
Oct 11, 2016 9:36 PM CST
Beautiful plant, love the blooms.
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Frillylily
Oct 11, 2016 9:49 PM CST
Our Lowes has variegated Rose of Sharon for sale right now, they have pink flowers. But a softer pink color.
They are pricey, $30? I didn't buy one.
It's a beautiful shrub, Keith! Lovey dubby
Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
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keithp2012
Oct 11, 2016 11:46 PM CST
Frillylily said:Our Lowes has variegated Rose of Sharon for sale right now, they have pink flowers. But a softer pink color.
They are pricey, $30? I didn't buy one.
It's a beautiful shrub, Keith! Lovey dubby


I have one of those, they don't get as much variegation and don't produce seed. These pink flowers fade to lavender as they age before wilting.
Name: Don
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DonfromPA
Oct 12, 2016 10:54 AM CST
Beautiful foliage and blossoms - nice going, Keith! You sure come up with some beauties! I'm still admiring my variegated ornamental peppers grown from your seeds.
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cliftoncat
Oct 30, 2016 2:46 PM CST
It's really special, Keith. You should definitely look into patenting it, putting a name to it, and perhaps getting some financial benefit from it! Congrats. Thumbs up Thumbs up
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Frillylily
Oct 30, 2016 7:40 PM CST
I did some googling on patents and looks like it can cost several thousand dollars ! Sad
I was curious because I ran into someone at a yard sale that had a gadget she was selling and she told me she had filed for a patent and that now in the process she had to come up with 16,000 to finish it. I almost fell over Blinking

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