Big pink and maroon bullseyes, Aphrodite was the Greek goddess of love and beauty! So it's no wonder the Aphrodite Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus 'Aphrodite') embodies its namesake! Closely related to Tropical and Hardy Hibiscus, so you know it's a gorgeous flowering ornamental shrub! The 4-inch, hollyhock-like rosy-pink flowers feature deeper red eyes and a slightly ruffled appearance to the delicate petals.
Also known as Althea, your Aphrodite will not only provide you with gorgeous flowers but will provide them for a very long time each growing season! It profusely blooms from early summer and into fall much to the delight of every hummingbird, bee, and butterfly in your immediate area!
The Aphrodite Rose of Sharon is an upright, deciduous shrub, growing into a vigorous, erect, multi-stemmed plant. It's the type of show that will be impossible to miss in your yard! The diamond-shaped, dark-green, toothed foliage completes the picture, a vibrant accompaniment to the brilliant flowers. Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 5 to 9, these are highly adaptable and versatile flowering bushes!
Aphrodite is a highly versatile plant, presenting a spectacular appearance as a single, specimen planting or en masse! Any way you use Althea, they'll win you over with their easy care nature and low maintenance growth, plus a long, late-season bloom of vivid flowers! Add a single focal point as an anchor or accent to Cottage gardens and foundation plantings. Create groupings to accent your front yard berms and Pollinator gardens to attract the attention of everyone (and everything with wings) around!
Plant several Althea as a hedge along your house or outbuilding, or group a few at the edge of a perennial bed for a tall, eye-catching splash of color. The open and airy branching is light and lively, but compact enough to still give you plenty of screening, and create the "living walls" of a garden room. Add as backdrops to Perennial and Rose gardens, as property-defining hedges, and both country and tropical-looking privacy!
Aphrodite is rather hardy, able to tolerate poor soils and some drought. It's able to handle heat and humidity, and can even survive in some urban conditions. Rose of Sharon loves sunshine! Plant it in a spot where they will get at least six hours of sunlight a day, but Aphrodite can handle a touch of afternoon shade in warmer climates. Provide a moderate amount of water on a regular basis. Use a three-inch layer of arborist mulch over the top of the root system to keep them nice and cool.
Apply a slow-release fertilizer designed for flowering plants at the same time. Deer tend to leave it alone, but hummingbirds and butterflies are sure to flock to its dramatic appearance in your yard. Mostly seedless in cooler climates, Althea can reseed and get messy in warmer climates, but a timely deadheading to nip off those seedpods before they mature and become a nuisance.
Aphrodite is also quite versatile, being adaptable to whatever shape and size you wish to impose upon it. This pretty shrub blooms on new wood. Prune Althea in early spring to either shape or control the height. You'll have flowers later that season, no matter how tightly you trim them in spring. You can even train these shrubs into multi or single-stemmed tree forms! Renewal prune every 3-5 years to keep the shrub growing to its fullest potential.
Long-lasting, showy blooms on an ornamental shrub, you can't go wrong with the goddess-like Aphrodite Rose of Sharon for your yard. Plant one today to begin reaping the rewards of this amazing ornamental shrub with the help of Nature Hills!
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 'Aphrodite'|
|Mature Height||8 - 10 feet|
|Mature Spread||6 - 8 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun, Partial Shade|
|Flower Color||Rosy, Pink & Maroon|
|Pruning Time||Early Spring|