Rose of Sharon makes an excellent hedge

Rose of Sharon makes an excellent hedge
Rose of Sharon makes an excellent hedge
Rose of Sharon makes an excellent hedge:  An erect, deciduous shrub, the Rose of Sharon produces colorful,
cup-shaped flowers in summer and fall.   Other common names include shrub Althea and Chinese hibiscus.

The Rose of Sharon flowers in late summer to fall when few other shrubs are in bloom.
Flower colours include blue, pink, red, lavender, purple, and white, depending on the variety.

Most varieties grow 8 to 12 feet tall and 6 to 10 feet wide. The plant shows good pollution tolerance, making it appropriate for urban gardens. This plant requires easy care and is ow maintenance.
Select a site with full sun to light shade and moist, well-drained soil.

How to plant:
Plant in spring or fall.  Space plants 6 to 10 feet apart, depending on the expected mature size of the plant.
Dig a hole only as deep as the root ball and 2 to 3 times as wide.
If your soil is in very poor condition, amend the soil you’ve removed from the hole with a small amount of compost.

Carefully remove the plant from the container and set it in the hole. Fill the hole half full with soil, then water it well to settle the soil and eliminate air pockets. Let the water drain, then fill the remainder of hole with soil and water thoroughly.

Caring for your plant:
Apply a layer of compost under the tree each spring, spreading it out to the drip line, which is the area under the outermost branches.  Add a 2-inch layer of mulch to retain moisture and control weeds.
Water plants during the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week.
Flowers are produced on new wood, so prune in early spring to shape and reduce size.

Pruning the shrub back to 2 to 3 buds per branch in spring encourages larger flowers.
Remove dead, diseased, and injured branches any time.
Because rose of Sharon blooms on the current season’s growth it should be pruned in late winter.
Next winter remove any new growth from the previous year and an additional third from the existing old growth.

Continue this pattern in subsequent years until the hedge reaches about 8 feet tall.
This is a more natural height for the shrub and about as short as you should take it.

 Rose of Sharon makes an excellent hedge

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