Skip to Content Skip to Navigation

Sugar Tip® Rose of Sharon Hibiscus syriacus

  • Sun
Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
Mature Size
6' 6' 1.8m 1.8m
Height: 5' - 6'
Spread: 4' - 6'
Height: 1.5m - 1.8m
Spread: 1.2m - 1.8m
  • Details

    60 - 72 Inches
    60 - 84 Inches
    48 - 72 Inches
    1.5m - 1.8m
    1.5m - 2.1m
    1.2m - 1.8m


    Colorful foliage all season, and fluffy pink blooms in summer!

    Fabulous and eye-catching from spring to fall, Sugar Tip rose of Sharon offers unique brightly variegated creamy-white and bluish-green foliage. It produces loads of clear pink, double flowers and does not produce seed. This is a beautiful semi-dwarf rose of Sharon that saves space and looks great all summer.

    Top reasons to grow Sugar Tip® rose of Sharon:

    - Variegated foliage adds beauty and interest before and beyond the bloom time

    - Pure pink double flowers don't set seed - no nuisance seedlings to pull up!

    - Unusual semi-dwarf habit is perfect for flower gardens and landscaping

    Long Blooming
    Heat Tolerant
    Drought Tolerant
    Salt Tolerant


    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    60 - 72 Inches 1.5m - 1.8m
    60 - 84 Inches 1.5m - 2.1m
    48 - 72 Inches 1.2m - 1.8m
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Shade: 
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 

    The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

    Maintenance Category: 
    Blooms On: 
    New Wood
    Bloom Time: 
    Early Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Mid Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Late Summer
    Hardiness Zones: 
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
    Water Category: 
    Uses Notes: 

    Summer color, hedges or screens, perennial or shrub borders, specimen and containers. May be planted in a container as a patio plant and then transplanted into the ground in fall.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Grows in any soil unless it is either very dry or very wet. Prune in late fall or early spring. Can be heavily pruned. Prefers medium moisture. Fertilizer in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs. Follow the label for recommended rate of application. A

    Sugar Tip® Hibiscus syriacus 'America Irene Scott' USPP 20,579, Can 3,582
  • 20 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • I was disappointed to get this beautiful plant in such rough shape. I have recently purchased other plants that came in perfect condition. But this has what appears to be Japanese Beatles holes on many leaves, very dry crispy leaves and wilting leaves. And pruned down so low, about 3" tall when it could have fit in the box at much taller, at least a 1' or more. I don't know how this one passed the inspection to be shipped to be honest.

      A. Best
      , Missouri
      , United States
      , 31 weeks ago
    • Purchased quart size last year in July, unfortunately it did not survive 6b winter. I had potted it in 15 inch pot. Grew well during rest of the summer, but did not come back this year.

      , Virginia
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • I have 2 "Sugar Tips" from 2 different sources, and they are the prettiest of all my many Rose of Sharon plants. I'm growing them here in Central Texas. I have had one problem with them both, from the beginning. They seem to be very prone to aphids. I first tried spraying them with soap and water, but the plants really recoiled from that and were very unhappy looking for awhile. Lately I have tried Neem Oil and an insecticide. I'm concerned, though, cause the aphids seem to come back several times a year. Anyone else had this problem with "Sugar Tips"?

      R Hayes
      , Texas
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • We have 9 of the Sugar Tip Rose of Sharon. Only one gave us a problem & replaced it last year. It’s already 2 feet tall & budding profusely as the others are. One flower has popped out, so I’m sure a ton more are coming shortly. We couldn’t be happier. The others are 6’-7’& 4’ or more wide. Our hummingbirds, moths, & butterflies are constantly around them. Great customer service last year when we had to replace the one. This company & it’s bushes are a Winner in our opinion!

      Linda Basham
      , Indiana
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • I have had this shrub for 7 or 8 years now and I love it! It is beautiful and interesting to look at and the hummingbirds absolutely go crazy for the pretty little pom-pom flowers. Currently wondering how it would look as a hedge as it has shown no sign of diseases or pests.

      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • I planted my Sugar Tip last year and I am still in love with this beauty. I planted 1 on each back corner of the front garden of my house. Working on an English style garden in the front and needed an anchor for the back corners. Look forward to the height they will provide.

      Sheila Clark
      , North Carolina
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • Absolutely gorgeous shrub. NOT a semi-dwarf they claim-mine are over 12 feet now since I have only ever pruned for cross branching, never for height control (will be cutting back this winter to lower height). Blooms in August and September in eastern Pa (zone 6). I get comments all the time about its beauty (planted out front of home at edge of property in full sun all day). Flowers are double and nice light pink with dark wine center. Not a cut flower, however, since branches are thick-like most shrubs do not last in vase. No issues with disease. Never fertilized (planted in garden at edge of grassy area) but grows and grows. Never needs watering other than rain we have, really a self-sustaining plant-just the kind I love-plant it and let it grow with no maintenance (does drop flowers around on grass area so can appear messy but I usually suck them up when grass cutting next to them-others drop into garden ). Does not reseed as they say (sterile). Normal R of S can be a nightmare due to reseeding requiring maintenance. Only have 2 but if I had the room, would have a hedge of these. The variagation of leaves is slight (along edge) and looks great up close but not really that noticable from a distance. Looks nice with the dahlias I underplant since they bloom together. Allows underplanting due to shape. I have a considerable number of blooming shrubs and this is one of the best.

      Tim Hillenbrand
      , Pennsylvania
      , United States
      , 3 years ago
    • This is a gorgeous plant and I love it. My problem is mine are over achievers. They are well over 8-9' right now because I missed pruning them last fall. Normally they get cut back 3-4' per year. I'm going to have to prune them when it quits raining here but it will probably affect the bloom. I wish I had a bigger yard and had known they were this vigorous. If the keep going like they are, they may, very sadly, have to be removed. At least I've gotten several years of enjoyment from them...

      Kimberly Kitzmiller
      , West Virginia
      , United States
      , 4 years ago
    • Stunning blooms that last throughout the summer.

      , United States
      , 10 years ago
    • Have blogged about this plant twice at my blog, gardendaze I like it so much. It's a strong grower, and beautuful even when not in bloom!

      , Connecticut
      , United States
      , 12 years ago
  • 1 More color

Back to Top

Find plants you love and create idea boards for all your projects.

To create an idea board, sign in or create an account.