Rose of Sharon, aka woody Hibiscus, are best known as shrubs with a hardy nature and tropical-looking blooms summer through fall. But our landscape experts have taken them a step further and have created a stunning tree form with the Blueberry Smoothie™ Althea (Hibiscus syriacus 'DS01BS').
Delicious is maybe the best way to describe the flower color of this plant. The tropical-looking flowers are amazing with a mix of purple and blue-violet and are fully double-petalled to make this display amazing! You might guess the flowers look like large Carnations or even Peony blooms, while still retaining their Hibiscus family flowers. The flowers are born in profusion from mid-summer into fall much to the delight of all your pollinators and butterflies.
Blueberry Smoothie™ Rose of Sharon tree-form is a woody Hibiscus that is hardy in zones 5-8 and loves the heat and the sun. It is a bit late to get growing in the spring because it is waiting for the heat. The leaves are smaller and serrated and shiny green for an overall fine texture. Plant your Blueberry Smoothie™ Althea in a sunny location where the soil is well-drained or in a container with drainage holes on the bottom.
Because of the incredible flower display, you will want to use them where you can see them. Picture this in a large container or planter near your back patio or porch with lavender blue-violet flowers. This is a classic focal point tree form and glorious ornamental flowering bushes are elevated next level on those sturdy trunks, allowing you more options to use these low-maintenance plants anywhere in the full-sun garden!
Butterfly gardens, cottage garden accents, poolside privacy plantings, and softening a building's corner - the choices are endless! Use Blueberry Smoothie™ trees as a backdrop to your perennial or shrub borders. Let's not forget a single Blueberry Smoothie™ tree will make an amazing specimen near a sunny entrance or in a courtyard. Such a showy shrub trained into a tree commands a high-profile location in your yard.
Blueberry Smoothie™ Althea loves a hot, dry location in your yard. Once the plants are established, they are very drought tolerant, requiring little additional water without sacrificing any quality, growth, or flower power. It is an amazingly easy plant to grow, tolerating almost any well-drained soil and any site as long as it is sunny. Pruning can be done in late winter or early spring without sacrificing any flowers as they are born on new growth. Prune before they leaf out and then leave them alone to produce those amazing flowers on the new growth.
Such an amazing, colorful, showy shrub, with tropical-looking blooms that keep popping after most other blooming deciduous plants have quit. Blueberry Smoothie™ Rose of Sharon Tree-from belongs front and center in your yard! Buy yours online at NatureHills.com before they're gone!
The details make all the difference in a garden. At Naturehills.com, we understand that little things like what form a plant is can greatly impact how you plan your landscape. So before you buy, don’t forget to check which form you’re getting.
These are plants that have one stem coming from the ground. Plants can also be considered single stem when lower branches are removed to raise the height of the branching to a more desired height. Sometimes, you will hear a tree form referred to as a single stem.
These are bushy plants with many stems and branchings close to the ground. They are referred to as shrubs or bushes and are often shorter than their tree forms.
Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.
Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!
Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.
Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|Sprinter Pot||Equal to||.63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Ranges from||.31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume|
|6" Container||Equal to||1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#6 Container||Ranges from||5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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|Brand||Nature Hills' Choice|
|Botanical Name||Hibiscus syriacus 'DS01BS'|
|Mature Height||8 - 10 feet|
|Mature Spread||4 - 6 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Pruning Time||When Dormant|