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What Is the Meaning of Rose of Sharon?

By Daniella Lauren ; Updated July 21, 2017
Pink Rose of Sharon
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The Rose of Sharon is not truly a “rose.” It is a member of the Hibiscus family, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The hibiscus flower traditionally represents “delicate beauty."

Biblical Reference

In the Bible, the Rose of Sharon symbolizes beauty, and it is used in the book of Song of Solomon to describe the beauty of King Solomon’s lover.

Biblical Significance

Jesus Christ is called the Rose of Sharon in Christian works because of the similarities between the plant and Christ.


Yellow Hibscus.
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The Rose of Sharon is a flowering bush or shrub known for its large blooms. It can be pruned into the shape of a tree. The most popular colors of Rose of Sharon are shades of pink, white and blue. This shrub can grow up to 12 feet tall and 10 feet wide.


Rose of Sharon bushes bloom on new wood, and should be pruned in the early spring. The National Gardening Association suggests leaving only two to three buds per branch to encourage the growth of larger flowers.


Rose of Sharon thrives best in hardiness zones 5B through 9A, where temperatures do not normally go below -20° F.


About the Author


Daniella Lauren has worked with eHow and various new media sites as a freelance writer since 2009. Her work covers topics in education, business, and home and garden. Daniella holds a Master of Science in elementary education and a Bachelor of Arts in history from Pensacola Christian College.