Anybody recognize this shrub?

artisticcheese(7)June 13, 2014

Hello,

I bought something late last year at Aldi's and forgot what that is. It died down to roots in winter and this year came back which looks like shrub/tree with beatiful pink flowers which look like hibiscus.
I have no idea what that tree/shrub is or might be but it's definetely a keeper bearing in mind it survived worst winter in Dallas in 30 years.
What that might be?

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jolanaweb

Althea, Rose of Sharon or Hibiscus syriacus

Love these, especially the single bloom. Reminds me of my grandfather. One of his faves

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 11:16AM
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artisticcheese(7)

Thanks. Yes that's what it looks like. So I can just cut it down to ground in winter and have this flowering shrub every summer?

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 11:32AM
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sylviatexas1

I wouldn't cut down an althea;
it'll grow into a beautiful ornamental shrub or tree, depending on whether you let it remain shaggy or shape it like a crepe myrtle.

Maybe it died to the roots this past winter due to transplant shock or due to the severe winter, but it seems to have recovered!

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 12:20PM
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bostedo(8a tx-bp-dfw)

They normally don't die back in Dallas and will eventually become a ~ 6 to 8 ft shrub. Not sure that they reliably re-sprout from the root collar, so would not prune the main stem(s) shorter than 2 or 3 ft unless you have to or are willing to experiment. Someone else may know otherwise, but we got no new shoots when we had to cut a couple healthy ones off at the ground a few years ago that were too big to transplant.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 1:05PM
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bostedo(8a tx-bp-dfw)

One other thought.... since it died to the ground last winter, any chance it may be one of the hardy hibiscus cultivars rather than Althea? Can't make much of the leaves from the photo, but these normally do die back and come in similar colors.

Here is a link that might be useful: Hardy Hibiscus

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 1:26PM
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artisticcheese(7)

I have hardy hibiscus in the back. Flowers are much bigger and they come with several steams from undergroud, this one come back with single steam and then branching off that one instead

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 1:30PM
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bostedo(8a tx-bp-dfw)

Yeah - what looked like multiple stems in the photo was the other thing that made me ask.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 2:03PM
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phoenix7801

That is Pavonia or Rock Rose. Its in the hibiscus family.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 3:10PM
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jolanaweb

What size is that flower? Are the leaves fuzzy?
My altheas have died back many times depending on their location in the yard
a couple that didn't die back at the old place had to be cut way back every year because they were planted in the wrong place and were huge but I put up with it because they are so pretty

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 4:00PM
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artisticcheese(7)

here is close up of the flower. It's about the size of your palm, while the giant hardy hibiscus about the size of the hand.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 4:09PM
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jolanaweb

Althea, enjoy!

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 6:02PM
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ocgf(Z8)

Yeah, pavonia's flower I know don't grow that big.

Omar

    Bookmark   June 14, 2014 at 1:46AM
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phoenix7801

I stand corrected that is an Althea. Wonderful plant.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2014 at 11:11AM
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