Plant of the Week: POLLYPETITE® rose of Sharon

Summer! Let’s do this!

If there was ever a plant for summer, it’s Hibiscus. Most Proven Winners® ColorChoice® cultivars are Hibiscus syriacus, but we do have one very fun little hybrid: Pollypetite® rose of Sharon.

It’s a cross between H. syriacus and H. parmamutablis, and really quite different from the other rose of Sharon in our collection.

The first difference you may notice is the foliage: it’s larger than the typical althea, and deep, dark green. If you’re not fond of the light green foliage of H. syriacus, you’ll love this. It reminds me of the British Racing Green of a Jaguar XJS. I’ll never own a Jag, but I think I can acquire a Pollypetite® Hibiscus.

The second difference, it’s non-invasive! A big plus for anyone who has crawled around on their hands and knees pulling rose of Sharon seedlings out of the ground.

The question is where to put it? That’s not too tough of a call, because another difference is that it’s small and round, growing into a 3-4′ ball. It’s the perfect height for a foundation planting or low hedge, and looks pretty awesome in a container, too.

Maybe I’ll plant them near my deck where they can enjoy the full sun that rose of Sharon need. That will make it easy for me to enjoy the lovely flowers. Really, this is an all-around charmer for the summer landscape.

Pollypetite® will grow in USDA 5-9 and adapts to most soil types.

New sizes and shapes

Pollypetite® is a dwarf rose of Sharon with a rounded habit, but we also have some dwarf Hibiscus varieties with more upright habits, like the Lil’ Kim® series.

Fastigiate varieties are also available; the Pillar varieties have quickly become some of our more popular plants. Both White Pillar® and Purple Pillar® are very tall and quite narrow.

Somewhere in between the two groups are the Paraplu® Hibiscus. A little taller than the Lil’ Kim® varieties and not as narrow as the Pillar plants, they’re still more compact than traditional H. syriacus.

It’s wonderful to have so many new ways to use this adaptable species!

3 comments

  1. No one addresses the size of flowers of H. Poly petite saying only “large” – given hibiscus have a range from 3” to 10” – What is large? I dislike 6” and over so I want to know in inches the size of polypetite flowers!

  2. Good question! Pollypetite’s flowers are about 3″ in diameter. “Large” is definitely a wiggle word. For a rose of Sharon a 3-4″ flower is big, but perennial and tropical hibiscus have those large 6″+ blooms. Here’s a link to a fun video we made about Hibiscus that we just released this week! https://youtu.be/vvtcziqMnJ8

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