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I recently had a question about how big the Rose of Sharon gets. The answer to that question depends on the size you want them to be.
I believe this flower is one of the easiest to train to grow when and where you want it to. We have a white Rose of Sharon in front of our house. It has adapted into a bush just a little taller than my five feet in height.
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Sometimes in pictures objects seem larger than they really are. Click on the thumbnail of the first flower above. Notice at the bottom there is a beetle eating away.
Both beetle and flower appear larger than they really are. By the way, judging by the holes in that flower, beetles love to eat them.
Pictures taken from a distance show the objects closer to their real size. I took the picture of this Rose of Sharon bush while out walking. The flowers really are much smaller than the ones growing on trees.
With a little effort these lovely flowers bloom year after year. Just imagine how many Rose of Sharon pictures you'll be taking.
If you are wondering what the secret is to the Rose of Sharon being so easy to grow, here is a picture of one. The last picture in this row is of Rose of Sharon seed pods. These seed pods can be both a blessing and a curse. If left to nature every fall these pods drop and reseed the bush.
Now this can be a blessing if you are looking to plant new bushes and trees in different places. But it can also be a curse because the Rose of Sharon has been known to take over yard and garden if left unattended.
The solution is easy. In the fall when the pods appear, pick them off and either give them away or throw them away. This is the most natural and easiest way to control growth.
Any time you want a new bush or tree just leave a few on and let mother nature take her course. In the spring you will have a seedling that you can dig up and transplant to it's new home. Soon you'll have lot's of rose of sharon pictures to share.
When I did research on the Rose of Sharon, I found that it is related to the Hibiscus family. When you look at hibiscus flowers and compare them to the rose of Sharon you can see the resemblance.
As a matter of fact it is hard to tell some of them apart. I have grown Hibiscus in pots in my home and they are a beautiful flower. The difference I think in the two is that the Hibiscus plant does not grow as large as the Rose of Sharon can.
But then the first flower in this last row of rose of sharon pictures could prove me wrong. I took this picture of a hibiscus in California. The plant was as tall as me. You can see the seed pods growing behind the flower as well. It is amazing the way we can manipulate nature. I guess even more amazing the way nature readily adapts to it's environment.
I always enjoy taking rose of sharon pictures from my mom's Rose of Sharon tree in her yard. She took a cutting from it and created the miniature Rose of Sharon you see here. The last two rose of sharon pictures in this row show the progress of this little tree. It was fun following the progress.
It amazes me that these plants are so easy to grow. Mom says she just stuck a branch into the dirt until it took root.
From my own experience though, I know that starting and growing a bonsai is work. There are volumes of books written on the subject. I've even written an article about the art of bonsai myself. It's a fascinating history for another time.
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The Rose of Sharon is a flower that is mentioned in the English language translations of the Bible. The name first appears in the King James version of the bible in 1611.
According to the translation committee of the New Revised Standard Version, "Rose of Sharon" is a mistranslation of the Hebrew word for "crocus".
Today, the name is also commonly applied to two different plants, neither of which is likely to have been the plant from the Bible:
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