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Purple Pillar® Rose of Sharon
Hibiscus syriacus 'Purple Pillar'
Purple Pillar® Rose of Sharon flowers
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Height: 15 feet
Spacing: 3 feet
Hardiness Zone: 5a
Other Names: Shrub Althea
Brand: Proven Winners
A narrow, columnar variety with dazzling, purple-pink, semi-double blooms with red centers, from summer into fall; very adaptable plant, but prefers full sun; an elegant choice for an entryway or privacy screen
Purple Pillar® Rose of Sharon features bold purple trumpet-shaped flowers with pink overtones and crimson centers along the branches from mid summer to early fall. It has green foliage throughout the season. The lobed leaves do not develop any appreciable fall colour. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Purple Pillar® Rose of Sharon is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a narrowly upright and columnar growth habit. 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 favour of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Purple Pillar® Rose of Sharon is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Purple Pillar® Rose of Sharon will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 3 feet apart. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. 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. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.