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Name: Melinda Ventola
cheektowaga, ny
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Feb 23, 2017 4:51 PM CST
I have a Rose of Sharon tree which is about 3yrs old. It has bloomed beautifully in the past. This summer was hot & dry but the tree still bloomed as usual. However it did not shed the old the old flower shells in the fall. Will this cause a problem or even kill the tree?

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Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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Feb 23, 2017 5:31 PM CST
Mindy, it looks to me as if your little tree put on a late burst of flowers and foliage and then maybe got nipped by a sudden freeze. Just a guess here but that would explain the leaves and flowers left on the branches through winter.

In any case, it's either still alive and will recover, or it may already be dead. The way to tell is to scrape a tiny bit of bark on one of the branches with your thumbnail. If there is green under the bark the tree is still alive. If not, try a few more places and if you can't find any limbs with green under the bark, it may be a goner.

May I ask why you have the white wrapping material around the trunk? This is something that people do to protect from wildlife, but it usually is removed in the summer, and replaced in winter when animals like deer and rabbits might feed on the bark. I would be very curious to see if anything's going on under that wrapping - if it's not breathe-able material, the bark may have rotted on the stem, too. Wrapping like that can also harbor bugs against the trunk in the warm months.

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Name: Sally
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Feb 24, 2017 6:11 AM CST
That just looks like a heavy crop of seed pods, totally normal. You may like to prune them off, but don't need to.
Usually a very easy shrub, I agree, take off the wrapping.
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Feb 24, 2017 7:38 AM CST
Seems to me.... The only problem you might expect.... Is a bumper crop of seedlings.
At my house, it's so dry... The seeds don't come up... At a garden in town.... I swapped out the beautiful single blooming rose of Sharon for the double flowering ones, which don't produce all those seed pods.
Personally, I prefer the single blooms, and so do the hummingbirds and butterflies.
Last year, in the drought we had.... I had a rose of Sharon drop all leaves in June.... And still bloomed on bare branches!
Leafing out all ready.... Very tough plants.... Nuthin to worry about.

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Flowers on bare sticks....
[Last edited by stone - Feb 24, 2017 7:39 AM (+)]
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