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Morning Star Rose of Sharon - Hibiscus - Althea
Morning Star is the best, strongest growing, white Rose of Sharon we've come across. It features an abundance of bold, double, white trumpet-shaped flowers with dark red throats from mid summer to early fall. More details below

Morning Star Rose of Sharon - Hibiscus - Althea

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Morning Star Rose of Sharon
Hibiscus syriacus 'Morning Star'

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




Special Attributes

Morning Star is the best, strongest growing, white Rose of Sharon, Hibsicus syriacus, we've come across. It has performed very well in our trial gardens here in Zone 8a of north-central Georgia. It features an abundance of bold, white double flowers with dark red throats from mid summer to early fall. The flowers are attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies. Forest green, lobed leaves are attractive throughout the season. It can be grown as a shrub or small tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. 

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 smaller garden spaces and in home foundation plantings, around patios and other outdoor living spaces.




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing 10 to 12 feet tall and 6 to 8 feet wide, Morning Star Rose of Sharon is ideal for use as a large shrub or small tree. We think Rose of Sharon are most useful in the landscape as a focal point specimen. That said, they are also nice grouped or used as attractive, colorful hedges in landscape borders. Remove lower branches from your Rose of Sharon and you have a n attractive small tree that fits perfectly in smaller garden spaces, home foundation plantings, around patios and other outdoor living spaces, or just about anywhere in the sunny landscape.




Cultural Preferences

Rose of Sharon are easy to grow and maintain in most any average, moist but well-drained soil and plenty of sunshine. Some shade will be tolerated but flowering won't be as heavy and plants may be leggier and tend to flop. Maintenance is minimal. Except to remove a stray or broken branch, Rose of Sharon require little or no pruning. Plants are quite drought tolerant when established. 




Helpful Articles

Click on the link below to get helpful advice from our experts on how to plant and care for Rose of Sharon.





Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-8b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Deciduous Flowering Shrub or Tree
Height at Maturity:  8-12'
Width at Maturity:  6-8'
Growth Habit / Form:  Upright, Vase/Fountain Shape
Growth Rate:  Moderate
Flower Color:  White with Deep Red Centers
Flower Size:  Large - 4-5"
Flowering Period:  Mid-Summer into Fall
Flower Type:  Double
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 when established
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist
Soil pH:  5.5 - 7.5 (Acid to Slightly Alkaline)
Maintenance / Care:  Low to Average
Attracts:  Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Heat, Insect



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