Plant Taxonomy of "Sugar Tip" Rose of Sharon:
Plant Type for Hibiscus Syriacus:
Characteristics of Hibiscus Syriacus "Sugar Tip":
Sugar Tip is a double rose of sharon. Flower color is light pink. Bushes bloom from mid-summer into fall. The flower center is stained a burgundy color, but it is largely obscured by a cluster of smaller, inner petals (also pink in color) that gives this shrub's flowers a frilly appearance (i.e., a so-called "double flower"). The stamen is less prominent on this type of hibiscus than on many others.
The height of this multi-branched shrub althea is 8-12 feet at maturity, with a width not much more than half that. The leaves are variegated: green with a creamy white color part away around their edges.
Planting Zones for Hibiscus Syriacus "Sugar Tip":
Sun and Soil Requirements for Hibiscus Syriacus "Sugar Tip":
Uses for Hibiscus Syriacus "Sugar Tip":
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Outstanding Characteristics of Hibiscus Syriacus "Sugar Tip":
This shrub althea's main selling points, visually, are its variegated foliage and its double pink flowers. The white-margined leaves give it the name, "Sugar Tip." Like other Hibiscus syriacus plants, it blooms during the second half of the summer (after many shrubs have stopped blooming for the year), meaning it's useful for filling up the late-season floral color void and for helping you achieve continuity in your attempts at four-season landscaping.
In addition to these aesthetic benefits, its developers claim that it does not produce seedlings like traditional shrub altheas (the seeds from rose of sharon being regarded as a major nuisance by many growers). Its developers also say that it is a slower-growing plant than older types of shrub althea (which can be a selling point if you landscape in a small space).
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