Hibiscus syriacus ‘Blue Bird’

Scientific name: Hibiscus syriacus ‘Blue Bird’

Synonym: H. s. ‘Oiseau Bleu’


Common names: “Rose of Sharon”

Plant Type: Deciduous shrub, can be grown as a small tree


Zone: 5-8

Light: Full sun best – part shade

Exposure: Sheltered

Soil: Fertile – average, handles clay, doesn’t like acidic soil, prefers organically rich soils

Moisture: Well drained, best with good moisture but can tolerate drought


Plant Size: H 8-12′ W 6-10′

Leaf and Stem shape: Dark green lobed leaves

Flower: Single, violet-blue with a maroon centre, from late summer – autumn

Pruning: Can get a stronger, fuller plant if cut back in spring to a strong bud, can take a hard pruning but it will be slow to return, better to give a light trim if anything

Maintenance: Low, very slow growing, can be trained as a tree

Landscape use: Hedgerow, front garden, espalier, wallside borders, city and courtyard gardens

Propagate: By cuttings, difficult

Pests & Disease: Powdery mildew

*Appears to be deer resistant

Comments: ~AGM winner.  Can ID in winter by splotchy looking stems, upright form, and 5 valved seed heads which leave a scar if removed


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