Raspberry Smoothie Rose of Sharon Shrub (Hibiscus syriacus ‘DS03RS’)
Raspberry Smoothie Rose of Sharon Shrub
Rosy mauvy double blossoms, the delightful Raspberry Smoothie™ Rose of Sharon Shrub (Hibiscus syriacus ‘DS03RS’) can best be described as fruity and delicious! These are extra showy versions of your typical Hibiscus family, but these double (almost triple) blooms closer resemble Carnations or small Peony flowers with a creamy mix of raspberry hues!
The flowers are born in profusion from mid-summer into fall, backed by a dense oval shrub full of fine-textured dark green leaves that are neatly serrated and stay clean looking all season long. You’ll love seeing all the Hummingbirds and butterflies that show up to check out these blooms! The incredible double-petalled flower display just begs to be planted where you can see them all growing season-long.
Also known as woody Hibiscus, the deciduous Rose of Sharon are best known for its hardy nature! Along with its sibling Peppermint and Blueberry, these hardy Hibiscus family members thrive in USDA zones 5-9. Growing to a decent-sized shrub that’s densely branched and 6-8 feet tall and spreading to about 4-5 feet wide. Its adaptability allows you more options to use these low-maintenance plants anywhere in the full-sun garden!
Picture one of these impressive shrubs in a large container or planter near your back patio or porch! Filling your landscape with lavish mauvy pink blossoms! This is an unforgettable focal point shrub and a glamorous ornamental flowering specimen! Let’s not forget a single Raspberry Smoothie™ Althea bush will be an amazing anchor to soften the corner of your home or dress up a sunny foundation planting!
Butterfly gardens, cottage garden accents, poolside privacy plantings, and softening a building’s corner – the choices are endless! Use Raspberry Smoothie™ shrubs as a backdrop to your perennial or Rose garden borders. Such a showy shrub deserves a front-and-center location in your yard!
Want to create a larger spectacle? Try planting your Rose of Sharon Shrub around its matching tree form for a multi-tiered display! Mix and match with other Althea trees and shrubs for a truly juicy and dimensional landscape! No room? Try training your shrub into a multi-trunked tree for yourself!
Raspberry Smoothie™ Althea loves the full sun, thrives in hot, dry locations once the plants are established, and can be very drought tolerant, requiring little additional water without sacrificing any quality, growth, or flower power! It is an amazingly easy plant to grow, tolerating almost any well-drained soil and any site as long as it is sunny. Prune before they leaf out and then leave them alone to produce those amazing flowers on the new growth. Growing incredibly in both heat and the sun, Althea is a bit late to get growing in the spring – but it is worth the wait!
|Common name||Raspberry Smoothie Rose of Sharon Shrub|
|Botanical name||Hibiscus syriacus 'DS03RS'|
|Height||6 - 8 ft.|
|Width||4 - 5 ft.|
|Soil condition||Well Drained|
|Pruning time||Early Spring|
|Flower color||Rosy Mauve|