Althea or Rose of Sharon

The Althea is also known as The Rose of Sharon – Fireworks (Althea syriacus Fireworks).   This is a variety of the hibiscus that comes in pink, white, lavender and magenta.


Althea Tree
Blooming begins in mid-July in Texas and continues past Labor Day.
The natural shape is slightly expanding and almost a vase shape though it can be shaped into a multi-trunk or single trunk tree. It thrives in hot, hot, hottest Texas and in the full sun and tolerates poor soil. 
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Fireworks is a Double Althea that comes in white, purple and magenta.
Double Althea Shrub
This Althea is a magnificent, flowering, deciduous shrub boasting an explosion of pastel pink, red and purple double blooms all summer. A unique collection of three varieties maturing 8 to 10 feet tall and 6 to 8 feet wide. Drought tolerant once established. Tolerates poor soils and scorching heat.
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Altheas as Trees

Often you will find altheas shaped into trees.
Rose of Sharon Althea Tree
Rose of Sharon Althea Tree June Bloomer in Texas
 Here you see the more single petal hisbuscus form of the althea.
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