Location: Campanile, Bailey Hall, Haworth Hall
Approximate blooming period: July, August, September, October
Rose-of-Sharon, Hibiscus syriacus
Origin: China, Korea, Japan, northern India
Habitat: Hardy to USDA Zone 5
Height and Form: Deciduous shrub/tree, 8-12 ft
Foliage and Bark: Leaves alternate, simple, 5-10 cm long 3-lobed and coarsely toothed, rounded teeth, three prominent veins; petiole 5-15 mm long.
Flowers, Fruit and Seeds: White pink, red, lavender, or mauve through summer. The fruit is a 5-valved brown capsule which persists through winter.
Culture: Full sun to part shade, grows in most soils, except those extremely wet or dry. Acid/alkaline adaptable. Prefers hot weather and does best in well-drained soils supplemented with organic material
'Blue Bird' -pale blue which may appear a bit lavender in hot summers
'Woodbridge' -large rich pink flowers up to 4 inches across
'Red heart' -ruffled white flowers with dark red centers
'Minerva' -ruffled lavender pink flowers having reddish throats
'Aphrodite' -rose pink with a deep red eye
'Diana' -pure white
'Helene' -white flowers with a deep red eye