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Blue Chiffon Rose of Sharon
Hibiscus syriacus 'Blue Chiffon'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b  Find Your Zone >

Special Attributes

Blue Chiffon is a strong growing, blue flowering variety of Rose of Sharon, aka as Althea or Hibiscus. It is much better than 'Blue Bird', which turned out to be quite the weakling in our gardens. Large, stunning, lavender blue flowers with lacy centers are produced in abundance during summer, when we need soothing colors in the garden. The flowers are attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies. If you love blue flowers, Blue Chiffon Rose of Sharon is sure to please! 

Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing 10 to 12 feet tall with a spread to about 4 to 6 feet, Blue Chiffon Rose of Sharon is ideal for use in smaller garden spaces where some height is needed. Grow it as a shrub or remove some lower branches to form a very attractive small tree. Pruning is best done before new leaves emerge in late winter or early spring.

Because they are such beautiful flowering trees, we think Rose of Sharon are most useful in the landscape as a focal point specimen, however are also nice grouped or used as attractive, colorful hedges in landscape borders. Limb your Rose of Sharon up and you have a stunning small tree that fits perfectly in smaller garden spaces and in home foundation plantings, around patios and other outdoor living spaces.

Spacing:  4' for solid hedge; 8' for space between plants

Cultural Preferences

Rose of Sharon are very easy to grow and maintain. Simply plant them where the sun shines most of the day. Some light shade is tolerated but too much shade and plants will become leggy and flowering is diminished. They are not too particular about soil type and very drought tolerant once established. They require little if any pruning, though a stray or broken branch can be removed any time of year. 

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Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Deciduous Flowering Shrub or Small Tree
Height at Maturity:  10-12'
Width at Maturity:  4-6'
Spacing:  4' for solid hedge; 8' for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Upright, Vase/Fountain Shape
Growth Rate:  Moderate
Flower Color:  Blue to Lavender
Flower Size:  Large - 4-5"
Flowering Period:  Late Spring, Early Summer, Mid-Summer
Flower Type:  Single with lacy ruffled centers
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Rich Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  NA
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun, Morning Sun with Dappled or Afternoon Shade, Morning Shade with Evening Sun
Water Needs:  Average, Low
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist, Moderately Drained
Soil pH:  5.5 - 7.5
Maintenance / Care:  Average
Attracts:  Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Heat, Insect

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