Rose of Sharon are deciduous, vigorous, multi-stemmed, upright, with a vase-shape that typically grows 8-12’ tall. It can be trained into a small tree or espalier but is usually grown as a large shrub. The dark green leaves emerge late in the spring before the flowers start to form late spring through early summer. Hibiscus shaped, 5-petaled flowers (3” diameter) can be white, red, blue or purple, and will bloom from early-summer to fall. Each flower has a prominent blob of color at the center and a showy center staminal column. Medium green leaves (4” long) are three-lobed with veins and a coarsely toothed margin. The leaves are attractive during the growing season but are unattractive in fall; rarely changing color before they drop off.