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A Hibiscus Syriacus By Any Other Name…

While many people might not be familiar with the term Hibiscus Syriacus, it is likely that many are familiar with the nickname of this very popular shrub. This wonderful addition to many landscaping plants is commonly called the Rose of Sharon. Other less common names includes Rose of Althea and Shrub Althea.

This blooming shrub grows to a height of between six and eight feet. Of course, not everyone wants their Hibiscus Syriacus to grow to such impressive heights, but the growth can be controlled with proper pruning. The width of plant reaches four feet.

The flowers produced by Hibiscus Syriacus are quite lovely. There are varieties of color possibilities including pink, white, red and purple. While the flowers are lovely, they do not live very long. In fact, most of the blooms produced by this shrub only last one day.

Still, because the plant produces such large numbers of flowers, the plant appears to be in full bloom during the summer months.  The downside is that some of the dying flowers will remain attached to the plant for an extended time, and many find this rather unattractive.

Interestingly, the Hibiscus Syriacus has its place in politics as it is the national flower of South Korea. The bloom is even mentioned in that country’s national anthem.

The easiest way to add this shrub to your own landscaping is to buy a small plant from a local nursery and then replant in your yard. You can also grow the Hibiscus Syriacus from seed, but you will need to start the plant in a greenhouse to get optimal results.

After the first year of growth in the greenhouse, the small plants may be moved outside in the spring. Once planted, you will not want to move them around so be sure to choose the location carefully as that is likely to be their permanent home.

The shrub does best in warmer climates. If you live in a colder area, however, you may still be able to include this plant in your landscaping.  If growing from seed, you will need to keep the plant in the greenhouse as explained above.

You will want to plant as soon as the temperatures are warm. Once the plant has taken root, it is actually tougher than some give it credit for. While it will not survive in the coldest conditions, it can hold it’s own with temperatures that are below freezing.

Hibiscus Syriacus will not grow in the shade. In fact, even partially shaded areas are not appropriate for these plants. You will need to choose a location in which the plants can get full sunlight in order to assure proper growth.

The soil used does not have to be of the highest quality, but better soil will help the plant grow and bloom more impressively.

Hibiscus Syriacus is popular in many countries throughout the world. While only South Korea honors the blooms by naming them their national flower, the rest of the world enjoys the beauty and hardy nature of this shrub.



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