How and When Do You Prune Rose of Sharon?


“What is the best way and time to prune a Rose of Sharon?” Question from Rick of Roseville, California

Answer: Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) is a quite forgiving shrub when it comes to pruning. It blooms on new wood, so you can prune in the spring or later in the season. It’s your preference. This is a shrub that should not be sheared. Simply shape it by selectively removing tall, out-of-place, or awkward branches that are keeping it from looking uniform. Also, be sure to remove any crossing or old stems as well as deadwood.

This shrub tends to be weedy, which is why I also advise planting a double-flowered variety, like those on the Chiffon Series, which produce little to no seed.

Happy gardening!

Jessie Keith

Black Gold Horticulturist


Plants are the lens Jessie views the world through because they’re all-sustaining. (“They feed, clothe, house and heal us. They produce the air we breathe and even make us smell pretty.”) She’s a garden writer and photographer with degrees in both horticulture and plant biology from Purdue and Michigan State Universities. Her degrees were bolstered by internships at Longwood Gardens and the American Horticultural Society. She has since worked for many horticultural institutions and companies and now manages communications for Sun Gro Horticulture, the parent company of Black Gold. Her joy is sharing all things green and lovely with her two daughters.

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