The Blue Bird Rose of Sharon, otherwise known as the Hibiscus Syriacus ‘Blue Bird’ (Grafted) or Rose of Sharon Blue Chiffon®, Shrub Althea Blue Chiffon®, Hibiscus syriacus ‘Notwoodt3’, Hibiscus syriacus ‘Notwoodthree’ PP20574, is a rather well known shrub plant by gardening enthusiasts around the world.
Best known for its low maintenance and moderate growth, this shrub will likely liven up your house (or garden) with its green colored leaves. But, only if you learn how to take proper care of it for it to thrive.
This is why all the topics you need to know in order to achieve this will be covered in this Blue Bird Rose of Sharon Care Guide. Ready? Let’s go!
The fundamental caring guidelines for every Blue Bird Rose of Sharon can be summed up into the following:
- Water: The Blue Bird Rose of Sharon prefers constant watering each week and more during the hot season.
- Light: Keep your Hibiscus Syriacus ‘Blue Bird’ (Grafted) in an environment where it can receive partial to full sun on a daily basis.
- Soil: Make sure to keep the Blue Bird Rose of Sharon in soil with moist but well-draining to well draining properties, so ideally, one that is made of clay, loam, chalk, and sand.
And as with many other plants, these are the only three care factors you need to remember to make sure your Blue Bird Rose of Sharon is, for the most part, healthy and well to survive.
Scientific / Botanical Aspects
In botanical terms, the Blue Bird Rose of Sharon belongs to the Malvaceae family, the genus Hibiscus and the species Syriacus, hence its scientific (or botanical) name Hibiscus Syriacus ‘Blue Bird’ (Grafted) (hi-BIS-kus si-ri-A-kus).
As with other Hibiscus’s, the Blue Bird Rose of Sharon is a deciduous plant, which means it will shed its leaves annually once autumn comes.
Knowing your plant’s native region is very useful, as it can give you tips on which environment is best for your Blue Bird Rose of Sharon. If you keep it in mind, you can try to replicate these conditions at home, and you’ll likely end with a healthier plant.
With this in mind, the Hibiscus Syriacus ‘Blue Bird’ (Grafted) will be most used to the heat zones in the 1 – 8 region, as the plant hardiness level falls between 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a and the ideal climate zone is between 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1.
Growth and Size
In terms of size and growth, the Blue Bird Rose of Sharon is a relatively moderate grower, which makes things somewhat easy for any plant enthusiast.
But, what size of Blue Bird Rose of Sharon are we talking about? What can you expect in terms of height, spread and spacing? Let’s dig in…
The Hibiscus Syriacus ‘Blue Bird’ (Grafted) can grow up to 8′ – 12′ (240cm – 3.6m) in 8′ – 12′ (240cm – 3.6m) and 4′ – 6′ (120cm – 180cm) in 4′ – 6′ (120cm – 180cm).
These dimensions make the Blue Bird Rose of Sharon a relatively large shrub compared to others, so it’s best to keep this fact in mind since it will affect where you want to keep yours at home.
This is why experts recommend keeping an area of approximately 72″ – 84″ (180cm – 210cm) free so the Blue Bird Rose of Sharon can spread to its best extent.
In terms of watering, the Blue Bird Rose of Sharon is a fairly simple plant to take care of.
This is mostly because it has a straightforward watering schedule and somewhat regular watering needs.
Specifically, most experts agree that the Hibiscus Syriacus ‘Blue Bird’ (Grafted) prefers constant watering each week and more during the hot season.
Which is why it is considered a plant with relatively low to average needs in terms of water.
As a rule of thumb, you should remember to keep your Blue Bird Rose of Sharon in soil with moist but well-draining to well draining characteristics, as these will guarantee the right conditions for your plant to grow and thrive.
When you consider this, this is why you should aim to choose soil that has occasionally wet properties to keep the right moisture levels at all times.
But, if you want a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution to watering your Blue Bird Rose of Sharon then you should consider the famous ‘finger’ test. To perform this test, you just need to put your finger in your plant’s soil and determine if it’s moist or not. If it is, then don’t water; if it isn’t, then please do. In any case, this test will allow you to know if your Blue Bird Rose of Sharon needs or does not need water, every time.
As mentioned earlier, the Blue Bird Rose of Sharon prefers to have soil with occasionally wet properties at all times, reason why you need to make the soil mix out of clay, loam, chalk, and sand.
This is why most experts agree that the Blue Bird Rose of Sharon requires soil with high organic matter, which will give you the right conditions it needs.
In addition to this, expert gardeners recommend having preferably neutral to alkaline soil.
Light and Exposure
In terms of light & exposure, the Blue Bird Rose of Sharon requires partial to full sun in order for it to thrive under the right conditions.
Most experts agree that this shrub will do well as long as you keep it in full sun, and it will be able to grow properly.
Specifically, we recommend that you place your Hibiscus Syriacus ‘Blue Bird’ (Grafted) in little to partial shade (only 2-6 hours of direct sunlight a day), to full and direct sun (more 6 hours of direct sunlight per day).
Being a deciduous plant, the Blue Bird Rose of Sharon will shed its leaves annually once autumn comes.
But, you can expect it to have its ‘prime-time’ during the summer (mid, late), and during the fall.
You can expect your Blue Bird Rose of Sharon to flower around the summer and in the fall months from July to September (summer), and from October to December (fall).
In particular, this shrub is well known for its long bloom season, flowers for cutting and showy flowers around the plant enthusiast community.
The Blue Bird Rose of Sharon produces some beautiful blue, or pink, blue and purple/lavender flowers around this time of year.
The leaves from the Blue Bird Rose of Sharon have a beautiful green color during most of the year.
In particular, they have a simple arrangement with a alternate organization in its leaves.
You can expect the leaves from your Hibiscus Syriacus ‘Blue Bird’ (Grafted) to be around (3-6 inches) in size.
Attracts, Tolerance and Resistance
The Blue Bird Rose of Sharon is well known for being able to attract hummingbirds and butterflies, so keep that in mind when choosing your plant, as you’ll likely end up finding one or another in your garden.
Additionally, it has a special tolerance for salt, drought and animals like deer, so don’t worry if any of these come along, your Hibiscus Syriacus ‘Blue Bird’ (Grafted) will be fine.
Now, let’s talk garden and how your Blue Bird Rose of Sharon will look best in it.
Most Hibiscus Syriacus ‘Blue Bird’ (Grafted) owners agree that this shrub will look great in most cottage, asian/zen and rustic gardens of all types.
Other owners consider that they complement well most gardens of coastal garden, city and courtyard, and in informal and cottage styles.
In particular, the Blue Bird Rose of Sharon’s best location within your garden is in beds and borders, banks and slopes, and in hedges and screens, others use it for landscaping in a firescaping/fire wise, specimen, border, cutting garden, privacy screen, hedge, container, coastal exposure, or a urban garden.
Blue Bird Rose of Sharon’s do well with some other plants beside it. One good companion plant is the Viburnum, which will pair up nicely with your leafy friend.
Others consider that a nice Syringa will work well too, so choose whichever you find works best for you!
And we’ve come to an end. Fortunately, that’s everything you need to know about your Blue Bird Rose of Sharon to keep it safe and sound in your garden or home. Enjoy planting!