Sugar Tip® Rose of Sharon

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Hardy Hibiscus with bright, variegated foliage! Rose of Sharon Sugar Tip® (Hibiscus SUGAR TIP 'America Irene Scott') is an eye-catching new Rose of Sharon, also known as Althea, with brightly variegated soft green and white foliage! This columnar and space-saving shrub can be a fantastic addition to your garden, or make it more outstanding by creating a tree form by exposing the lower limbs.

The bluish-green leaves have lovely creamy-white margins and are topped with loads of clear pink, double flowers. The blooms fill this shrub from top to bottom, and from mid-summer until fall! Hummingbirds and pollinators will arrive to sip nectar and gather pollen! Related to Tropical and Hardy Hibiscus, Rose of Sharon (also known as Althea) are just as tropical looking, easy care for, and resilient as their cousins!

Hibiscus Sugar Tip® does not produce seeds like older cultivars which makes it perfect for both southern and northern climates. Growing to a tall 8 to 12 feet in height but only 3-4 feet in width. Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 5 to 8, this Althea is low maintenance and a proud Proven Winner® ColorChoice® specimen for your garden!

Planting and Application:

A confection too delicious to resist, you can use Sugar Tip® as an accent specimen in the garden! The height and columnar growth make it a perfect focal point that adds a multi-tiered showpiece that attracts attention from near and far! Use in pollinator gardens, cottage borders, and anywhere in the sun! Even oversized planters can gain a hefty 'Thriller'!

It is an excellent flowering shrub that may be massed, planted in groups or used as a specimen, or make as a breathtaking defining hedge! You will be the envy of your neighborhood by including Sugar Tip® as a foundation hedge and backdrop to garden beds and borders. One will be an amazing anchor to soften the corners of hardscapes and add height to the garden without taking up a lot of room!

  • Clear Light Pink Double Blooms & Dark Pink Eyes
  • Gorgeous Soft Green Foliage With Sugary White Variation
  • Tall, Columnar Space-Saving Shrub
  • Prolific Blooms Summer til Fall
  • Hummingbirds & Pollinators Love It!
  • Specimen, Accents & Focal Points

#ProPlantTips for Care:

The Althea Sugar Tip® is an easy-to-grow Rose of Sharon in full sun and normal garden soils that are enriched and well-drained. They even tolerate poor soil and can be drought-tolerant once established. Tolerant of summer heat and humidity, Althea appreciates a 3-4 inch thick layer of mulch and regular moisture. Though tolerant of periods of drought, this plant will benefit greatly from a 3 to 4-inch layer of arborist mulch spread to 3 feet outside of the canopy. This will help keep the root system cool in the summer and extend the period between watering. Make sure to water regularly in containers. Feed with organic slow-release fertilizer twice a year in the late winter and mid-summer to keep plants growing and blooming well. This will ensure a proliferation of large flowers beginning in the late spring.

Larger flowers may be obtained by pruning back hard to 2-3 buds in the very early spring. For the largest flowers prune back your Althea in the late winter. Renewal prune every 3-5 years to maintain vigor.

  • Full Sun For The Most Blooms
  • Moderate Moisture Needs
  • Appreciates Mulched Beds
  • Prune Early Spring
  • Tolerates Most Soils, Including Poor Soil
  • Somewhat Drought Tolerant & Salt Tolerant
  • Produces Very Few, to Any Viable Seeds

A confectionery of the best kind, the Sugar Tip® Rose of Sharon will make you the envy of your neighborhood! This garden plant is sure to provide many years of enjoyment! Order now at Nature Hills Nursery!

Tree Form vs. Shrub Form

The details make all the difference in a garden. At, 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.

Tree Form:

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.

Shrub Form:

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.

Buying Options for Plants

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.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

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
Size Volume
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
Size Volume
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
Size Volume
#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
Size Volume
#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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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Sugar Tip® Rose of Sharon Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-8
Growing Zones 5-8
More Information
Brand Proven Winners ColorChoice
Botanical Name Hibiscus SUGAR TIP 'America Irene Scott'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 4 - 5 feet
Mature Spread 4 - 5 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color White & Green Variegated
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring
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