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Went back and looked at the leaves again, and I'm not so sure about ROS either. Will look at mine tomorrow and see if they have leafed out enough to tell. Seems like they have some lobing on them, but the memory doesn't last from year to year anymore.
Wow - thanks for answering!! I WISH it were hibiscus, I've tried a few times for hibiscus from seeds (I have an iguana and it's their favorite treat!!) but no luck. Thanks for checking the ROS for me, I sure haven't planted any, tho!! I think the jury is still out!! :) This is SO great to have help with these!!!
If you don't have a ROS near by or haven't planted any seed, I'm sure there would not be volunteer seedlings nearby. I hope Dave is right and it is a Hibiscus, but generally they don't come up this soon in our zones and don't look woody to begin with either. I'm thinking more in the line of a tree of some kind.
This is a nice small tree or shrub, and I have the same one as Dave's. I also have some pink double ones I rooted. They root easily in water. But the deer keep eating those, so they haven't grown large like the ones inside the fence. I might have to move them in!
Birds eat the seeds all winter, and hummingbirds nectar all summer, as do butterflies and other insects. There are always a number of seedlings I need to move each spring, and I really regret that the deer don't allow me to plant them all along the fence near the highway. These will grow in full sun or shade. Don't plant them too close to the house, they can reach twelve feet in crown spread in just a few years.
Last summer i purchased some ros trees at a local nursery. The tags were missing so the mgr. said i could have them for 20% off the price(who could pass up that deal?) so i got them in the car and drove out to the other house all the while thinking how great they would be overlooking the back garden area. I busily dug the holes, got the trees situated just right, filled in with good garden soil and watered and waited. Into the summer my babies bloomed and to my surprize two of them were double white, one dbl. pink, and one lavender!!A few days later i went back to see my pretties only to find these tree-like sticks, yep i never thought about the darling deer and how they like to dine on things like ros trees and such :(
Tootsie, I planted my pink ones in among salvia, and they didn't do as much damage as they did to the one standing alone. With such a long list of things deer won't eat, why is it that I always seem to want to plant their favorites, right out there where they are sure to indulge?