Summer Ruffle™ Rose of Sharon foliage
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Height: 4 feet
Spread: 4 feet
Hardiness Zone: 4
Other Names: Shrub Althea
Brand: First Editions
This variegated variety has stunning blue-green foliage with creamy white margins; lovely blooms are purple-pink with red centers; a very adaptable plant, but prefers full sun
Summer Ruffle™ Rose of Sharon features bold lavender trumpet-shaped flowers with pink overtones and red centers along the branches from mid summer to early fall. It has attractive creamy white-variegated deciduous bluish-green foliage with hints of grayish green throughout the season. The lobed leaves are highly ornamental but do not develop any appreciable fall color. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Summer Ruffle™ Rose of Sharon is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.
This is a high maintenance shrub that will require regular care and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Summer Ruffle™ Rose of Sharon is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Summer Ruffle™ Rose of Sharon will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It has a low canopy. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.
This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.
Summer Ruffle™ Rose of Sharon makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.