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 abundant, showy violet-blue single blossoms each have a dramatic, dark eye. Makes an ideal hedge, foundation or specimen, providing reliable summer color. Deciduous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Upright, vase-shaped shrub; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:hi-BIS-kus si-ri-A-kusPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousSunset climate zones:2 - 21, 26, 28 - 41Growth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Upright, vase-shaped shrub; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.Special features:Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Bird Friendly, Easy Care, Tolerates Urban PollutionFoliage color:GreenBlooms:SummerFlower color:BlueFlower attributesShowy FlowersDesign 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 PlantsViburnum (Viburnum); Lilac (Syringa); Potentilla (Potentilla); Lavender (Lavandula); Phlox (Phlox)
- CareCare InformationAdaptable to most well-drained soils except very wet or dry. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish extensive root system. Once established reduce frequency; tolerates brief periods of drought. Apply fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune after flowering to shape or promote vigorous new growth.Pruning time: late winter or early spring.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
- 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.