SOLVED: 18 ft. shrub, pink and purple 4" flowers, zone 5b

Hopkinton, MA(Zone 5b)

Hi! This shrub is about 18 ft. high with large pink and purple flowers on the same plant. It looks like a tree peony but I've never seen any this large and the scalloped leaves are different than the pointy peony leaves I'm familiar with. It's growing in part shade in zone 5b.

DoGooder

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Evendale, OH

I think this is a Rose of Sharon

mid central, FL(Zone 9a)

ditto that.

Hopkinton, MA(Zone 5b)

southseasohio and trackinsand, thanks for the identification! This is quite a specimen with pink and purple flowers. I never noticed this plant before but today it suddenly caught my eye now that it's in bloom. I like the double flowers more than the normal Rose of Sharon.

DoGooder

Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

A Common Hibiscus Hibiscus syriacus cultivar.

Resin

Hopkinton, MA(Zone 5b)

Resin, thanks for the scientific name. Maybe the one my neighbor has is the Althea variety because it has pink and purple blooms:

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/23312/

DoGooder

mid central, FL(Zone 9a)

i believe that Althea is just another common name for this whole genus and species. there are countless cultivars/varieties/hybrids and you may never know exactly which one yours is.

Hopkinton, MA(Zone 5b)

trackinsand, okay, thanks for informing me that Althea is a name for Rose of Sharon.

DoGooder

Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

Quote from DoGooder :
trackinsand, okay, thanks for informing me that Althea is a name for Rose of Sharon.

DoGooder


It isn't: http://wbd.etibioinformatics.nl/bis/flora.php?selected=beschrijving&menuentry=soorten&id=2108

Resin

mid central, FL(Zone 9a)

yes, it is: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/788/

i believe resin refers to another plant known as Rose-of-Sharon but not to be confused with the plant you posted for ID.

Hopkinton, MA(Zone 5b)

Resin, I guess there are different flowers with the same name Rose of Sharon.

trackinsand, the shrub I posted pictures of does look like one of the photos on the page you linked to, but it says maximum size 10 ft. and this shrub seemed more than three times taller than me (I'm 5' 4"), so I guess it's a taller cultivar or just found an ideal location and thrives in this climate and with the good care it is given.

DoGooder

mid central, FL(Zone 9a)

that is often the case in terms of size listed in PF.

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