Problem Plant: Rose of Sharon

Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus)

Noted for its exotic blooms, this shrub’s native range is Asia where it is the national
flower of South Korea. It was introduced sometime before 1600 as an ornamental
with herbal applications. Although it is commonly planted along fence lines, this
prolific seeder has escaped cultivation in much of the eastern U. S. and is reported
as invasive in Virginia.

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Tags:  Escapes from cultivation to colonize in natural areas, Produces numerous seed pods, which are spread by wind, Plants easily take root and choke out native plants, Very difficult to remove because of strong, deep tap root, Survives in harsh conditions, Halberdleaf Hibiscus (Hibiscus laevis), Marshmallow Hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos), Scarlet Rose Mallow (Hibiscus coccineus), Shrub with large ornamental blossoms