Plant of the Week: White CHIFFON® Rose of Sharon

A low-stress plant for summer

It doesn’t get much easier than White Chiffon® Hibiscus syriacus. It will take all the horticultural stresses you may have – heat, sun, drought, clay soil – and just do its thing. Its thing, of course, is the white flowers.

This is the perfect example of a low-stress shrub. You don’t have to think too hard about what might look good nearby, and it dresses up the garden in late summer when other bloomers are fading. Just plant it in full sun in USDA 5-9 and watch the hummingbirds flock to it in the summer heat.

Neighbor stress? Make it go away! This plant grows 8-12′ tall and 6-10′ wide, a perfect size for adding some privacy to a backyard. And since the flowers are so pretty, the neighbors won’t even know you planted it, so you wouldn’t have to see their tacky landscape.


We like all of the Chiffon® roses of Sharon, not just because they’re pretty but because they’re good growers, too. They have a nice habit and graceful branching, making a beautiful plant for garden centers to sell as well as for landscapers to install.

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