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Sugar Tip® Rose of Sharon Hibiscus syriacus

  • Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
Mature Size
72" 72"
60 - 72"
48 - 72"
  • Details


    Colorful foliage all season, and fluffy pink blooms in summer!

    Fabulous and eye-catching from spring to fall, Sugar Tip rose of Sharon offers unique brightly variegated creamy-white and bluish-green foliage. It produces loads of clear pink, double flowers and does not produce seed. This is a beautiful semi-dwarf rose of Sharon that saves space and looks great all summer.

    Top reasons to grow Sugar Tip® rose of Sharon:

    - Variegated foliage adds beauty and interest before and beyond the bloom time

    - Pure pink double flowers don't set seed - no nuisance seedlings to pull up!

    - Unusual semi-dwarf habit is perfect for flower gardens and landscaping

    Long Blooming
    Heat Tolerant
    Drought Tolerant
    Salt Tolerant


    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    60 - 72 Inches
    60 - 84 Inches
    48 - 72 Inches
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    Plant Needs

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    Blooms On: 
    New Wood
    Bloom Time: 
    Early Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Mid Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Late Summer
    Hardiness Zones: 
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
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    Uses Notes: 

    Summer color, hedges or screens, perennial or shrub borders, specimen and containers. May be planted in a container as a patio plant and then transplanted into the ground in fall.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Grows in any soil unless it is either very dry or very wet. Prune in late fall or early spring. Can be heavily pruned. Prefers medium moisture. Fertilizer in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs. Follow the label for recommended rate of application. A

    Sugar Tip® Hibiscus syriacus 'America Irene Scott' USPP 20,579, Can 3,582
  • 9 Reviews

    • Absolutely gorgeous shrub. NOT a semi-dwarf they claim-mine are over 12 feet now since I have only ever pruned for cross branching, never for height control (will be cutting back this winter to lower height). Blooms in August and September in eastern Pa (zone 6). I get comments all the time about its beauty (planted out front of home at edge of property in full sun all day). Flowers are double and nice light pink with dark wine center. Not a cut flower, however, since branches are thick-like most shrubs do not last in vase. No issues with disease. Never fertilized (planted in garden at edge of grassy area) but grows and grows. Never needs watering other than rain we have, really a self-sustaining plant-just the kind I love-plant it and let it grow with no maintenance (does drop flowers around on grass area so can appear messy but I usually suck them up when grass cutting next to them-others drop into garden ). Does not reseed as they say (sterile). Normal R of S can be a nightmare due to reseeding requiring maintenance. Only have 2 but if I had the room, would have a hedge of these. The variagation of leaves is slight (along edge) and looks great up close but not really that noticable from a distance. Looks nice with the dahlias I underplant since they bloom together. Allows underplanting due to shape. I have a considerable number of blooming shrubs and this is one of the best.

      Tim Hillenbrand
      , Pennsylvania
      , United States
      , 35 weeks ago
    • This is a gorgeous plant and I love it. My problem is mine are over achievers. They are well over 8-9' right now because I missed pruning them last fall. Normally they get cut back 3-4' per year. I'm going to have to prune them when it quits raining here but it will probably affect the bloom. I wish I had a bigger yard and had known they were this vigorous. If the keep going like they are, they may, very sadly, have to be removed. At least I've gotten several years of enjoyment from them...

      Kimberly Kitzmiller
      , West Virginia
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • It has very dense foliage, very few flowers but never seems to grow any taller. Disappointed. The plant is several years old, so it is well established. Any ideas? If it doesn't grow this year, it will likely be replaced.

      , Washington
      , United States
      , 5 years ago
    • Stunning blooms that last throughout the summer.

      , United States
      , 7 years ago
    • Have blogged about this plant twice at my blog, gardendaze I like it so much. It's a strong grower, and beautuful even when not in bloom!

      , Connecticut
      , United States
      , 9 years ago
    • I love this plant whether it is in bloom or not!

      , Iowa
      , United States
      , 9 years ago
    • hardy , lovely, low requirements and a pleasure to own. One of by best buys.

      , Massachusetts
      , United States
      , 9 years ago
    • I really like the leaves with the lighter green on the tips and the flowers are beautiful too. They are slow growing but worth the wait.

      silvia g
      , Idaho
      , United States
      , 9 years ago
    • My Sugar Tips are way taller than I expected at approx. 5 feet after only two summers. Foliage is gorgeous. Flowers are beautiful and plentiful even though their size is a little disappointing at only 2 to 2 1/2 inches across. Love 'em!

      Kim Kitzmiller
      , West Virginia
      , United States
      , 9 years ago
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