Rose of Sharon is a shrub or small tree, in the hibiscus, or mallow, family (Malvaceae), native to eastern Asia but widely planted as an ornamental for its beautiful flowers.
Late to leaf out in spring; prefers hot weather; spring pruning will increase flower size; flowers on new growth; moderate to rapid growth rate.
Sun to partial shade; prefers moist, well-drained soil but tolerates wet soil.
All parts of Rose of Sharon are edible – bark, leaves, flowers. You can make tea with flowers and flower buds, chop leaves and add to raw or cooked dishes — it’s high in Vitamin C and antioxidants.