White Althea Shrub

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White Althea Shrub

Home gardeners looking to add tropical beauty to their landscape setting should look no further than the White Althea. Also known as the Rose of Sharon, this shrub grows in an upright manner. It is best known for the large, white blooms it produces during the summer when many other shrubs are dormant.
The White Althea is known by the scientific name Hibiscus syriacus and is a member of the Malvaceae family. True to its name, this plant produces beautiful white blooms during the majority of the summer months. The USDA hardiness zones for this shrub are 5B through 9A, and it has a moderate tolerance to drought conditions. It grows best in well-drained clay, loam, sand and acidic soils.

One of the best qualities of the Rose-of-Sharon is its usefulness in both formal and informal plantings. It reaches a height of 8 to 10 feet, with a spread of 4 to 10 feet. The bark is a lovely light gray, and the foliage is a soft green. Coupled with the beautiful white flowers it produces, this plant can be used as a specimen tree or as part of an overall landscape design.

The White Althea Shrub is a perfect choice to bring wildlife. This shrub grows best in climate zones five through eight and will be anywhere from ten to fifteen feet tall. The bush can also be as full as six feet.
It needs a full sunlight environment combined with moist, but well-drained soil conditions to perform at its peak. It is an excellent shrub for bordering, or you can make it a stand-alone piece in your landscape. These shrubs are easily grown in gardens and natural areas.

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