Lucy Rose of Sharon - Tree Form Standard Tree
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Lucy Rose of Sharon - Tree Form Standard Tree
Lucy Rose of Sharon - Tree Form Standard Leaf
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Spacing: As Desired
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Lucy Rose of Sharon - Tree Form Standard
Hibiscus syriacus 'Lucy'
$175.00
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The Lucy Hardy Hibiscus Tree (you may also find it listed as Lucy “Rose of Sharon” or Lucy “Althea”) is a tough little ornamental tree that will bring a welcome pop of color to your landscape every summer. When other plants (and people) are crying “Uncle” in the heat, your Lucy Hibiscus will be churning out dozens of tropical-looking, deep pink flowers—and the show will go on for weeks! Use this dynamo to dress up an area around your porch, pool, or patio, or plant a matching pair of Hibiscus Trees on either side of your front door or garden gate to announce to visitors, “Welcome!”

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Spacing: As Desired
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›
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The Story

Rose of Sharon, native to China and India, had been cultivated for so long in the Middle East that scientists believed the Middle East was its homeland when it was “discovered” by a visiting Westerner in the 16th Century.  German physician and plant explorer Leonhard Rauwolf described the plant in the 1500s after visiting Syria, and Linnaeus later named it—incorrectly—Hibiscus syriacus.  No one is quite sure when the variety ‘Lucy’ originated, though Arnold Arboretum records indicate that this selection goes back to at least 1941.

The Details

The appearance of this intoxicating Hibiscus won't leave you sober! You'll be seeing double when you look at the bountiful red flowers covering this small tree all summer long. Even the hummingbirds will be joining in! This spectacular tree-formed shrub will give you years of enjoyment!

How to Grow

Tree Form Hibiscus perform best in full sun and they tolerate a range of soil conditions, including well-drained to dry soils. Hibiscus love fertilizer and will “eat” whatever you give it. Apply a medium to high rate fertilizer yearly, preferably during fall. This yearly application is necessary for the first 3 or 4 years to promote healthy new growth for the following spring. Since the Hibiscus was trained into a tree form, you will need to prune it every couple years or so to keep it maintained. Be sure to prune only in early spring. They bloom in mid-summer, so pruning later in the year will decrease the amount of flower buds. Hibiscus does have the occasional problem with aphids on new spring growth. If the aphids become a little “overwhelming” you can consult with your local Garden Center professional or contact us for information about treatment. Some Hibiscuses have the tendency to “seed” rather easily. If you find little seedlings sprouting up, don’t be afraid to just pull them out of the ground, but be sure to get the roots too!

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 5
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Exposure Sun/Part Shade
Avg Mature Height As Trained
Avg Mature Width As Trained
Spacing As Desired
Growth Rate Medium
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Yellow
Flower Color Red/Purplish-Pink
Flower Time Summer
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies Yes
Attracts Hummingbirds Yes
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore Yes
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions Yes
Utility Line Trees Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

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Scale

Size: A

Size A

Size: B

Size B

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Size A Trees:

4-5' tall grown as single stem small tree form. Limbed up 3' and then braching allowed. Grown in our #8 tree container. Full and flowering.

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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Lucy Rose of Sharon - Tree Form Standard Tree
Lucy Rose of Sharon - Tree Form Standard Leaf
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