|BOTANICAL NAME *||Hibiscus syriacus|
|SIZE||8–12’ HT, 6-10’ SP|
|FOLIAGE||Medium green leaves. Nothing special in the fall. Considered a 1 season plant.|
|FLOWER||Beautiful white, pink or purple flowers July – September. The show can be quite spectacular.|
|FRUIT||Distinct, 5-valved capsule. WARNING…This plant will readily self-sow, and sometimes weeding the babies can be a problem. Plant in an area where this has a minimal negative impact.|
|GROWING CONDITIONS||Best in moist, well-drained soil. Full Sun to Part Shade. Prune heavy in early spring. This old-fashioned plant has regained popularity primarily due to its deer resistance.|
|NOTES||Susceptible to ants and beetles. Japanese beetles are a frequent visitor. Can also suffer from leaf spot, canker, rust and aphids. In spite of this list of potential problems, I still recommend it due to its deer resistance and fabulous show in the summer.|
|FAVORITE CULTIVARS||‘Diane’ – pure white flowers and somewhat shade tolerant;
‘Bluebird’ – blue/purple flowers with burgundy center;
‘Red Heart’ – white flower with red center;
‘Aphrodite’ – hot pink flower with red center;
‘Blushing Bride’ – ruffled, double, pale pink with burgundy center.
* A particular plant will have only 1 botanical name. Unfortunately, a particular plant may have several common names or it may share a common name with another plant. Whenever possible, use the botanical name.