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Strawberry Smoothie Rose of Sharon - Hibisucs - Althea

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Strawberry Smoothie Rose of Sharon
Hibiscus syriacus 'DS02SS' - Strawberry Smoothie

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

Special Attributes

Rose of Sharon are one of the most under rated and under used plants in existence. These wonderful large shrubs or small trees produce loads of large, beautiful flowers throughout much of the summer that both you and the butterflies and hummingbirds will enjoy. So, make sure to plant yours where you can watch these winged beauties swarm the flowers throughout summer. The two-tone flower petals of Strawberry Smoothie are white and pink with a bright crimson-red center. This wonderful Rose of Sharon has performed extremely well in our gardens here in Zone 8a of mid-Georgia. 

Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing 8 to 10 feet tall with a spread to about 4-6 feet, Strawberry Smoothie Althea 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. A little light shade is okay, but too much shade and plants will be more leggy and flowering 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
Height at Maturity:  8-10'
Width at Maturity:  4-6'
Growth Habit / Form:  Upright, Vase/Fountain Shape
Growth Rate:  Moderate
Flower Color: Pink, White, Red center
Flower Size:  Large, 4-5"
Flowering Period:  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
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist, Moderately Drained
Soil pH:  5.5 - 7.5
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Heat, Insect

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