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Rose of Sharon

Rose of Sharon

Species: Hibiscus syriacus

History: Rose of Sharon (aka Common Hibiscus) is native to southern China but has since spread to much of the world as an ornamental plant. It has long been significant in Korea where it is the national flower and is even mentioned in the national anthem. It spread to Europe by the 1600s and was a common ornamental plant in England and North American colonies in the 1700s. It is most commonly referred to as 'Rose of Sharon' in North America.

Why We Grow It: It is hard not to admire the large, showy blooms of Rose of Sharon which are also attractive to pollinators. The plant isn't just pretty, it is also edible! The leaves can be eaten along with the blossoms which are said to have a nutty flavour.

    Fruit Specs

    Recommended Use: Fresh eating (flowers and leaves), tea, ornamental, pollinator plant

    Fruit Size: n/a



    Growing Specs

    Canadian Hardiness Zone: 5

    Soil Preference: Prefers rich loam but adaptable to different soils

    Flowering Time: Summer

    Bloom Colour: Pink

    Pollination Requirements:

    Sun/Shade Requirements:

    Partial shade tolerance (approx. 6-8 hours of sun daily)

    General Growth Habits:

    Shrub reaches 2-4m tall, tends to have an upright and vase-shaped growth habit. Flowers July to August.

    Shipping vs. Pick Up

    CLICK HERE to see how shipping compares to pick up.

    Shipping: Every year we ship thousands of trees across Canada (except BC due to CFIA regulations). We carefully bag roots in damp sawdust, then box them and send them out via courrier. CLICK HERE to see our shipping policy.

    Pick-up: We also have thousands of trees picked up from our nursery each year. The pick-up options is free, though you must wait until you have been emailed a confirmation that your order is ready to pick up, which will have further information such as hours, locations, etc. We really appreciate if you can make an appointment to pick up, then we can be as organized as possible during our busy season.

    Size at Purchase

    Our ungrafted fruit tree seedlings, nut tree seedlings, berries, and other miscellaneous plants are categorized into the following sizes excluding the roots:

    • 5-15cm
    • 15cm+
    • 30cm+
    • 60cm+
    • 90cm+

    All of these heights exclude the roots since seedlings and some berries will often have a lot of root growth but relatively little vegetative growth (ex. our Shagbark Hickories seedlings are often 5-15cm above the soil but will have roots that reach 20cm+ in length).

    Not all of our berries and seedlings will be available in all of these grades since growth rate can vary significantly across species and even varieties. While we remain competitive in our plant size, it's also worth noting we don't use synthetic chemicals to push vegetative growth, therefore you may find conventional nursery stock larger in some instances comparatively. 

    Why plant small? It's best to transplant when a plant is young so it can establish its roots before it has a lot of vegetative growth. This is much less stressful on it and bareroot plants tend to catch up and even surpass larger potted ones planted at the same time, after a few years.

    Orders that are cancelled last minute due to size (being "too small"), will still incur the applicable cancellation fees if the plants are true to our grading standards as per the agreement of sale when the order was placed.

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