I got this plant last year at an end of the year sale at Loews for $5.00 and grabbed it. It barely had any leaves and looked kind of sad but I thought with some TLC before winter and a good layer of shredded leaf mulch it would survive. Plus I live in Zone 5 Upstate New York and Lake Ontario gives us plenty of Lake Effect snow in winter and so between the leaf mulch and snow cover I had a lot of hope. I was so excited this Spring when I saw the new growth coming from the ground! The garden I planted it in is a moist/wet area of my yard and with the abundance of rain our area has had this summer it has been a happy plant. Right now it is loaded with buds and the flowers are starting to open. The color of the flowers in combination with the dark blackish green maple leaves is a beautiful combination. I also like that it won't get so big as some hibiscus get. Now I want another one!!! I am glad we found each other!
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