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Our Lady Stanley Tree Form Rose of Sharon (which also goes by the names of Althea and Hardy Hibiscus) will bring a joyful splash of color to your summer outdoor entertaining spaces with loads of fun, flirty blossoms. Each bloom features a ring of white to soft pink petals surrounding a ruffle of shorter petals and a deep crimson star. Don’t let this little tree’s pretty, delicate-looking flowers fool you, though—this is one tough lady! Lady Stanley breezes through the hottest, muggiest summer weather, blooming like a champ. Frigid winters are no problem, either.
Hibiscus flowers may be something you associate with a tropical climate, but the Rose of Sharon Tree is a special cold-hardy species of Hibiscus that can be grown where winter temperatures drop to -15°F. Originally from China and India, this plant has been cherished for generations in the U.S. and all over the world. ‘Lady Stanley’ is an antique variety from the Victorian era that your great-grandparents may have grown. The great English garden designer, William Robinson, mentioned this selection in his writing in 1897, and it’s still going strong today! Lady Stanley Rose of Sharon is truly a classic beauty that has stood the test of time.
The Lady Stanley Rose of Sharon Tree makes a perfect little patio tree for dressing up your outdoor living spaces. Its compact size and formal habit also make it easy to integrate into your entryway garden, foundation plantings, or any of the island beds or mixed borders around your home. When the hottest days of summer arrive, this petite dynamo will be on hand to brighten your landscape and greet your guests with fresh white and crimson flowers.
How to Grow
A sunny site is best for Lady Stanley Rose of Sharon, but this hardy Hibiscus Tree will tolerate light shade as well. It isn’t fussy about soil and will be happy in any site that isn’t extremely wet or extremely dry. This tree appreciates regular doses of balanced fertilizer and will respond to itwith lush growth and a profusion of blooms. Like all Hibiscus Trees, Lady Stanley is slow to leaf out in the spring; be patient. You may prune at that time if necessary, and you won’t be cutting off flower buds, as Rose of Sharon blooms on “new wood” formed during the current growing season. One thing you’ll want to keep an eye out for is seedlings that can pop up around the base of the tree. Simply pull them out when they appear.
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Size B Trees:
5-6' tall grown as single stem small tree form. Limbed up 3-4' and then braching allowed. Grown in our #15 tree container. Full and flowering.
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