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Orchid Satin® Rose of Sharon flowers
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Height: 12 feet
Spread: 6 feet
Hardiness Zone: 5a
Other Names: Shrub Althea
Brand: Proven Winners
Extremely showy, large orchid pink single blooms with dramatic red centers throughout summer; this seedless variety is carefree and easy to grow; a very adaptable plant, but prefers full sun; can be trained into a small tree
Orchid Satin® Rose of Sharon features bold shell pink trumpet-shaped flowers with cherry red throats along the branches from early to late summer, which emerge from distinctive purple flower buds. It has green deciduous foliage. The lobed leaves do not develop any appreciable fall colour.
Orchid Satin® Rose of Sharon is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.
This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Orchid Satin® Rose of Sharon is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Orchid Satin® Rose of Sharon will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.
This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.
Orchid Satin® Rose of Sharon makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Its large size and upright habit of growth lend it for use as a solitary accent, or in a composition surrounded by smaller plants around the base and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.