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Hibiscus syriacus Lil’ Kim® (Rose of Sharon)

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Hibiscus syriacus Lil' Kim®, Rose of Sharon Lil' Kim®, Shrub Althea Lil' Kim®, Hibiscus Lil' Kim®, Hibiscus syriacus 'Antong Two', Flowering Shrub, White flowers, White Hibiscus

Noted for its miniature size, Hibiscus syriacus Lil’ Kim® (Rose of Sharon) is a compact, vase-shaped, deciduous shrub of elegant habit with a profusion of showy, ruffled, white flowers, 3 in. across (7 cm), adorned with a dark red throat. Blooming continuously from summer to fall, each flower lasts for three days instead of one day like other Rose of Sharon. They decorate the bush until late in the season, a valuable attribute in most gardens. The foliage of broadly ovate, palmately veined leaves appears in late spring, pale yellow-green at first, becoming medium green. This dwarf Hibiscus is perfect for sunny borders, containers and small gardens.

  • Grows up to 3-4 ft. tall and wide (90-120 cm).
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this plant is best grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Best flower production is obtained in full sun. Prefers moist, organically rich soils, but tolerates poor soils. Tolerant of drought, urban conditions, heat and humidity.
  • Fairly pest and disease free. Watch for leaf spots, blights, rusts, canker and Japanese beetles. Deer resistant.
  • Plant in shrub borders for dramatic summer blooms. Great flowering shrub for foundation plantings, hedges or screens or containers.
  • Prune to shape in spring. Pruning back to 2-3 buds in late winter may produce bigger blooms.
  • Easily propagated by stem cuttings.
  • Hibiscus syriacus species is native to China, India, East Asia.
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Rose of Sharon: How to Grow and Care with Success


Rose of Sharon, also known as Hibiscus syriacus, is a deciduous shrub that produces showy, hollyhock-like flowers in shades of pink, purple, blue, and white. It is native to Asia and is popular for its late summer blooming season, drought tolerance, and low maintenance.

Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 9
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Malvaceae
Genus Hibiscus
Common names Rose of Sharon, Shrub Althea
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 3' - 4'
(90cm - 120cm)
Spread 3' - 4'
(90cm - 120cm)
Spacing 48" - 60"
(120cm - 150cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Clay Soil
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens, Small Gardens, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage
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Hibiscus rosa-sinensis ‘Hula Girl’ (Tropical Hibiscus)
Hibiscus ‘Kopper King’ (Rose Mallow)
Hibiscus ‘Lord Baltimore’ (Rose Mallow)

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 9
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Malvaceae
Genus Hibiscus
Common names Rose of Sharon, Shrub Althea
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 3' - 4'
(90cm - 120cm)
Spread 3' - 4'
(90cm - 120cm)
Spacing 48" - 60"
(120cm - 150cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Clay Soil
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens, Small Gardens, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage
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Do I Need?
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