Woodbridge Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus ‘Woodbridge’)
Woodbridge Rose of Sharon
Mauve For miles! The Woodbridge Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus ‘Woodbridge’) is a very pretty erect-growing deciduous shrub that can also be trained as a gorgeous tree! First, its dark red buds burst open into large antique rosy-pink flowers with a vivid red center!
This profuse blooming lasts from summer to fall. Woodbridge’s trumpet-shaped blooms are four inches wide! Drawing loads of pollinators and Hummingbirds, this moderate grower is free flowering from summer until autumn! These blooms are vital pollen and nectar resources that support bees and butterflies!
Also known as Althea, these vigorous shrubs are pollution-tolerant and easy to grow! Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 5 to 9 and can grow to an elegantly branched multi-branched shrub or small tree 8-10 feet in height that’s 5-6 feet in width. Have patience in the spring because Rose of Sharon are slow to start, but once they get growing you’ll be amazed!
Rose of Sharon are magnificent front yard accents, or groupings for a fantastic privacy screen and outdoor “room dividers”. Carve out a private spot on the far side for outdoor yoga, or a lovely getaway reading nook. Repeat Woodbridge along the back of your Butterfly Gardens or mixed borders. Apt to being pruned smaller in the early spring, landscapes large and small can both enjoy these vibrant flowering ornamentals!
Live large in your special outdoor haven with a beautiful layer of pure romance in the background. Drape your entertainment area with these outstanding blooms or use several of them to add height to and hide a chain link fence. Your neighbor will be thrilled, too! For a solid hedge that fills in quickly, plant them three feet apart on center. Measure from the center of one to the center of the next.
Turn your sunny side yard into a soothing private retreat with their help along your property line! Squeeze every drop of value from your investment in real estate. Woodbridge Althea also looks incredible as an anchor plant to soften corners of a garage or garden shed. It works beautifully with nearly any style of architecture, too.
Related to Tropical and Hardy Hibiscus, Rose of Sharon (also known as Althea) are just as tropical looking, easy to care for, and resilient! Rose of Sharon prefers full sun and well-drained soil and is very tolerant of heat and drought. Keep it well watered during growth. Woodbridge does best in full sun, but light shade is acceptable, especially in far southern or southwestern climates. Plant it in a spot where they will get at least six hours of sunlight a day, but in hotter climates, they can handle some afternoon shade. Provide a moderate amount of water on a regular basis. Use a three-inch layer of arborist mulch over the top of the root system to keep them nice and cool. Apply a slow-release fertilizer designed for flowering plants at the same time.
This gorgeous shrub blooms on new wood, so prune Althea in early spring to either shape or control the height. You’ll have flowers later that season, no matter how tightly you trim them in spring. You can even train these shrubs into multi or single-stemmed tree forms! Renewal prune every 3-5 years to maintain vigor.
Antique mauvy-pink blooms and late-season blooms, the Woodbridge Rose of Sharon will add grace and elegance to your landscape for years!
|Common name||Woodbridge Rose of Sharon|
|Botanical name||Hibiscus syriacus 'Woodbridge'|
|Height||8 - 10 ft.|
|Width||5 - 6 ft.|
|Sunlight||Full Sun, Partial Shade|
|Soil condition||Well Drained|
|Pruning time||Late Winter|
|Flower color||Pinkish Mauve & Red Eyes|