They can be single, double, or semi-double, and tend to bloom in late summer. Scientifically known as Hibiscus syriacus, it comes from the family Malvaceae and is commonly used as a garden accent for its colorful, cup-shaped flowers. The flowers usually remain open during the daylight and close at the night.
- The height of this tree varies from 8 - 10 feet and has a width ranging from 4 - 10 feet.
- The branches grow upright and do not droop until they bloom.
- The foliage emerges late in spring and is usually medium to dark green in color.
- The roots are located just below the soil surface.
- Moist and well-drained soil with medium to full sunlight work extremely well.
- In fact, the shrubs are tolerant to different soil textures, moisture conditions, and acid to alkaline pH, if kept under full or nearly full sunlight.
The best time for pruning is in late winter or early spring, as this minimizes the loss of emerging flower buds on the new growth. However, pruning heavily at this time may produce fewer, but larger flowers. The tree spreads after pruning and so, if you are planning to plant multiple trees, make sure to plant them at a good distance apart.
Now, lift the tree from the base and dig a two feet deep hole at the site where you want to relocate the tree. Now, place the tree in the ground and cover the roots with dirt. Finally, water the freshly replanted tree to ensure the soil around it is properly moist.
One of the most common problems associated with this tree is the presence of bacterial spots on the foliage that can damage the leaves completely. Canker, a fungal disease that damages the bark of the trees, can actually kill or destroy the entire tree.
Presence of bright reddish-orange fruiting bodies on the bark due to some fungal infections may also destroy the tree. Excessive or minimal water and fertilization can actually cause bud drop in the tree.
This tree is well suited to any kind of gardening and a little pruning and care makes it an attractive part of your flower garden. Growing it can be an amazing experience, and if done well, you will be rewarded with beautiful and elegant looking blossoms for your garden.