Rose of Sharon
Valued in the garden for its large flowers produced in summer. Valued as a bonsai for its upright habit, open and loose branches, light green leaves which can all be enhanced with pruning. Moderate salt tolerance.
Part shade to full sun
Zones 5B - 9A.
Adequate water to keep from drying out and remaining dry. Requires ample water to flower its best and to avoid leaf drop.
General purpose fertilizer.
Bark is thin and is easily damaged.
The tree needs annual repotting. Not particular about the type of soil, however it should be well drained and acidic.
Aphids and Japanese beetles. Diseases include leaf spot, canker and flower blight.
United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Fact Sheet ST-295
Compiled by Thomas L. Zane