Rose of Sharon – Sugar Tip, is a new variety. This hybrid is sterile, so you don’t have to worry about hundreds of seedlings coming up every spring. Yay! The flower looks more like a carnation than the original Rose of Sharon. I love it! It’s so gorgeous.
Prune it back a little in the early spring to get more and larger flowers. I’ve had to spray mine every year for ants. I think the flowers are to them what a Hostess Cupcake is to me. It grows about 6 to 7 feet tall, and about 3 to 4 feet wide, so it makes for a nice privacy screen.
It blooms in August when most of the perennials are worn out. This shrub keeps the yard looking gorgeous.