The White Rose of Sharon (also known as Althea) tree packs a flowery punch in a small package! And it’s low-maintenance, too!
This unique tree can grow all the way north into Growing Zone 5 and is resistant to deer and other animal damage. You’ll even see blooms in drought conditions!
Like all Rose of Sharon shrubs , this tree offers superb summer-flowering features for any garden. It’s in the hibiscus family, where plants are noted for their abundant and exotic blooms, and will give a dramatic look to any garden space.
The snowy white blooms are produced on new wood, so the trees can be pruned in late winter to keep them contained in the desired space or shape. A mature tree will only reach about 6-8 feet tall, making it perfect for small suburban gardens.
One White Althea tree will make a great focal point in a mixed perennial bed, or you can group a number of them together as a feature in your garden. The white blooms contrast well with other summer-blooming perennials, or against the darker leaves of nearby conifers or trees.
This tree is very adaptable as far as soil preference, and will be happy in full sun to partial shade.