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May 27, 2018 10:04 AM CST
Name: David Tillyer
New York City (Zone 7b)
I've got a lovely Rose of Sharon that has been growing nicely in my Manhattan garden for about 15 years. It has wonderful white flowers and, true to form, puts out lots of flowers during the late summer and fall.

Suddenly this spring, it was not shooting out leaves and the upper branches are brittle. The branches lower down are less brittle and seem to have a little flow of juices (There's a correct term for those juices, I know, but I'm not a horticulturist!) in them...a little bit of green. Also there are a lot of suckers surrounding the plant.

Buoyed by this profusion of suckers, I've clipped most of the brittle top branches. The result is a rather ugly skeleton with lots of bushy little would-be trees below.

Have I done the right thing? Someone said on this website recently: There are not mistakes in gardening, only experiments. Well, this experiment may have been a mistake. I'd like to hear from the good people on this forum and I promise I will report progress.
David
PS. I've just added a picture with the shorn tree surrounded by the suckers.

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May 27, 2018 10:20 AM CST
Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 8a)
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I don't have them, but I think most things are late coming out this year. It's good that you have lots of suckers so it will probably be fine. Good luck! Update us with a pic when it's blooming again.
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May 28, 2018 9:09 PM CST

It's been a pretty cold winter/spring in a lot of places so maybe it's just behind.

Well suckers mean that the roots are alive so that's a good thing. Can't tell from the pic are you sure those suckers are actually from it. Maybe those are just previous years seeds from it that sprouted?

I would have probably waited until everything sprouted and was growing before cutting anything, would have been easier to see what's dead vs alive and what you have to work with.
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Jun 2, 2018 2:00 PM CST
Name: David Tillyer
New York City (Zone 7b)
As I was snipping away (after thinking about it for a couple of weeks) I had all kinds of second the third thoughts. I haven't seen either seedlings or suckers from this tree since I've had it. That's confounding enough, but then the tree dies on me. You're probably right, awhite.

I think I'll just let the suckers or seedlings mature. It's not as if I don't have enough to do in the garden. David
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Jul 22, 2018 9:46 PM CST
Missouri (Zone 6a)
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I think some are grafted which means if that is the case, the suckers you have coming up will be from the rootstock and not what you had. That may not be a bad thing, just saying they may be completely different.
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Aug 4, 2018 12:36 PM CST
Name: David Tillyer
New York City (Zone 7b)
I hadn't thought about that. I didn't know that rose of sharon were grown on different root stock --like roses. There's been no flowering so far. Maybe next year. The leaves are beautiful and green, and they do look like rose of sharon/hibiscus leaves. We'll see. It's one of the exciting parts about gardening.
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Sep 22, 2018 2:15 PM CST
Name: David Tillyer
New York City (Zone 7b)
Toward the end of the season, my beautiful white Rose of Sharon has turned into a rather ordinary pink-flowered bush. So Frillylily is right, the suckers are just the rootstock showing their colors. As Fillylily says..."That may not be a bad thing, just saying they may be completely different."
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Sep 22, 2018 8:50 PM CST
Missouri (Zone 6a)
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You may be able to root an offshoot and start a new plant of the root stock if you want a separate plant of that.
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