Blue Bird Rose Of Sharon
Blue Bird Rose Of Sharon
Hibiscus syriacus 'Blue Bird' (Grafted)Item #8399 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9
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Considered the best blue flowered variety, this grafted selection has improved vigor over own-root plants. The bundant, showy violet-blue single blossoms each have a dramatic, dark eye. Makes an ideal hedge, foundation or specimen, providing reliable summer color. Deciduous.
- DetailPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousSunset climate zones:2 - 21, 26, 28 - 41Growth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Upright, vase-shaped, 6-8 ft. tall and 6 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SummerFlower color:BlueDesign IdeasA beautiful large flowering shrub that makes an outstanding background for beds and mixed borders. Spreads out generously along fence lines and fills in foundation planting along large barren walls. A natural for shrub borders and island planting. Perfect candidate for English cottage gardens or American country and colonial style landscapes.Companion PlantsThis blue flowering shrub mixes nicely with large stately perennials such as Blaze Peony, (Paeonia 'Blaze'), Abbey Road Masterwort, (Astrantia major 'Abbey Road'), Provence French Lavender, (Lavandula x intermedia 'Provence'), Creme Brulee Tickseed, (Coreopsis 'Creme Brulee'). It's lovely with flowering tree, Dynamite Crape Myrtle, (Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit II').
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Feed regularly during the growing season with a general purpose fertilizer. Prune annually in late winter to promote vigorous new growth.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:This plant is known as the Syrian mallow because it was introduced into Europe before the 16th century by Arab traders who originally collected it from Eastern Asia. It is well noted in ancient Chinese literature as well as that of Vietnam and Korea. It is included into the mallow family containing over 200 species from around the world. The purple coloring or blue has been contributed by early breeding with H. s. amplissimus, a common ancestor to all but the original white strains.Lore:The species name, syriacus indicates the belief that the Arabian plant originated in Syria, but is in fact an Asian plant.