SUGAR TIP® Rose of Sharon

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

The first variegated rose of Sharon whose blooms actually open, this is a charming addition to mixed borders and perennial gardens. The cotton-candy flowers are doubled, and seedless so they will not produce unwanted seedlings. Like other H. syriacus, this adaptable plant will tolerate black walnut and clay soils.


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 'America Irene Scott' PP#20,579 CBR#3582


5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Flower Color


Foliage Color

Variegated, White






Full Sun


Dry, Moist

Season of Interest



Borders, Foundations, Hedges, Specimen


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

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