SUGAR TIP® Gold Rose of Sharon

Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Exposure: Full Sun Height: 4-5' Width/Spread: 4-5'

The newest Sugar Tip rose of Sharon brings more foliage interest ‘“ bright gold variegation ‘“ and an appealing lavender flower color to the line. A bit smaller than the original, Sugar Tip® Gold hibiscus shares its same appealing, non-invasive habit.

This variety is no longer available; the information on this page is for reference only. Please view the similar plants below for substitutes.


Light: Thrives in full sun. When planted in an area that gets less than six hours of direct sun each day, it will not flower as prolifically and long stems may bend more.

Soil: Enjoys any type of well-draining soil.

Water: Average water needs while establishing. Demonstrates good drought tolerance after its first year in the ground.

Fertilizing: Has a pretty high nutrient need. After its first year in the ground, apply a fertilizer each spring after the soil has thawed. Use a formula with a nutrient ratio that is highest in the middle number (# – # – #), this is Phosphorous and it will help the plant develop flowers. You can also wait to see what the bloom show is like and only apply fertilizer if you notice it beginning to produce less.

Pruning: Regular pruning is not necessary. It maintains a naturally graceful upright habit on its own. If any shaping is desired, do so in early spring.

Botanical Name

Hibiscus syriacus 'THEISSHSSTL' PP#30,149


5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Flower Color


Foliage Color

Variegated, Yellow






Full Sun


Dry, Moist

Season of Interest



Borders, Foundations, Naturalizing, Rain Gardens


Alkaline soil, Clay soil, Deer resistant, Drought tolerant, Foliage interest, Heat tolerant, Salt tolerant


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