How to Identify Rose of Sharon Plants


The scientific name for the Rose-of-Sharon is Hibiscus syriacus. This very versatile bush can grow in either sun or shade and in almost any type of soil. If you purchase a new property, or visit one, you may wonder what types of plantings it has. If you know the specifics about the Rose-of-Sharon, you can correctly identify it when you see it.

Step 1

Look at the size of the planting. Some consider Rose-of-Sharon a shrub, and others may consider it a tree. Rose-of-Sharon grows from 8 to 10 feet tall and spreads from 4 to 10 feet wide.

Step 2

Check its bark. Rose-of-Sharon bark is thin with thin branches throughout. Its color is gray.

Step 3

Examine its flowers. Rose-of-Sharon flowers are showy, 4 inches wide and can be either single or double. They are a shade of red, white, purple or pink. Also, a big identification indicator is that Rose-of-Sharon blooms throughout summer, unlike similar plantings.

Step 4

Look at the foliage. Rose-of-Sharon leaves are medium green, 3 inches long and have three distinct, shallow lobes that are shaped like an egg.

Step 5

Stand back and look at the overall shape of the plant. Rose-of-Sharon is vase shaped.


  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service: Hibiscus Syriacus, Rose-of-Sharon
  • The Ohio State University: Hibiscus Syriacus, Rose-of-Sharon or Shrub Althea
Keywords: plant identification, Rose of Sharon, Hibiscus syriacus, ID Rose Sharon

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